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Paul Revere's Ride

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The famous narrative poem recreating Paul Revere's midnight ride in 1775 to warn the people of the Boston countryside that the British were coming.
Published by William Morrow & Co (first published 1861)
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R. C.
This particular version is illustrated in a way that makes a four-year-old and that child's mama think maybe we can tackle it now.

My son noticed that the British soldiers were identical. "What's his name? And his name?" We talked about soldiers remaining nameless and identical and how that makes it easier not to think of them as people.

He then noticed that the soon-to-be Americans were not identical and in fact were not even soldiers. I couldn't resist. I told him not that it was because we al...more
Non-fiction - poetry
For 2nd grade and up

Longfellow's classic Revolutionary War poem, full of patriotism, rhyme and action, is accompanied by lush and atmospheric illustrations.

Lashings of history and patriotism are complimented by the moonlit and candlelit illustrations, and the rhythmic meter of the poem is echoed in the scenes showing Paul Revere riding across the colonial landscape. The illustrations do a magnificent job of bringing the world of the poem to life, from the ship with "a huge bl...more
Kayla Pollema
This poem book tells the story about the historic night of the ride of Paul Revere to warn people that the British were coming.

This book is a poem about Paul Revere’s ride but the most exciting part of this book are the artist’s pictures on each page. The imagery used in each line of the poem is brought to life in the pictures on the opposite pages. The books’ format is mostly picture with some words from the poem along the side. Some of the pictures are interactive and have letters to open or e...more
Rachel Lizan
Description: The British are coming and Paul Revere sets out on his historic journey to warn his countrymen and set his place in history.

Genre: Poetry

Intended Audience: 2nd Grade - 8th Grade

Curriculum Connection: As a US History teacher I would definitely add this to a lesson the Revolutionary War. In the 6th Grade curriculum, Paul Revere is a key individual that the students need to know. This poem is a classic, but with the illustrations, a good overall picture is presented to the students.

Matthew Hunter
Listen, my children, and you shall hear / Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, / On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five; / Hardly a man is now alive / Who remembers that famous day and year.

Famous opening lines much? Outside of everything Dr. Suess, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" is one of the first poems I memorized.

This picture book version has a scrapbook feel with photographs of Revolutionary period artifacts mixed in with the painted gravings of Christopher Bing. Bing's illustrati...more
Shanna Gonzalez
On April 18, 1775, a silversmith named Paul Revere and two other men rode from Boston to Lexington to warn American patriots that the British troops had arrived. This helped prepare the American soldiers for the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first in the American Revolution. About 95 years later, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poetic tribute to Revere's actions. He exercised some poetic license with historical details, so it should not be considered a historical document but rather a...more
Mary Beth
"Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere..."

This book is a treasure and I am so glad that we discovered it at our local library in time for Independence Day. Most adults will be quite familiar with Longfellow's famous poem about the scrappy and resourceful early American patriots, and it achieves new resonance with Christopher Bing's beautiful illustrations. As well as I know the poem that immortalized "One, if by land, and two, if by sea" (the agreed-upon lant...more
Cheryl Wright
1. Genre: Poetry
2. Summary: This poetry book is about an American hero, Paul Revere, and his memorable ride through Massachusetts to warn people that the British were coming to attack. Included are wonderful illustrations that help capture events revealed in the poem.
3. Critique:
(a) Imagery
(b) The author does an excellent job using figurative language to create images in the poem while telling a story. For instance, similes are used to enhance the reader’s experience and create mood within the...more
Amanda Howell
Picture Book Log: Poetry
Review Source: textbook pg. 240

This story takes you along for the ride with Paul Revere on that dark and dreary night in 1775. The beat of the poem as you read almost matches the gallop of the horse on which he rode into town.

The story follows a "dark theme" in all of the pictures. Just by flipping through the pages you can tell that the story takes place late at night. There are big full color pictures on every page, and then on some pages there is an added sketch that g...more
Chris Connolly
Category (Picture Book Soak)
Found on page 240 in the textbook


1. When Paul Revere made his famous ride, many lives were saved. Tension and suspense fill the air as the British are followed throughout the town. After racing to get to prepare for the battle, the British are attacked preemptively, making Paul Revere a hero.

Possible use in the classroom

2. The ride of Paul Revere can be a good way for students to better understand how the early warning helped to thwart of the British. A te...more
Beautifully illustrated by Ted Rand, this account of Paul Revere's ride by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is not too accurate historically but is patriotic in the telling. Historically, Paul Revere didn't complete his ride because he was captured by the British along the way, but there were others who did get through.
Beautiful artwork - exquisitely so. I love how the oil paintings brought this classic Longfellow poem to life through use of rich midnight hues illuminating lamplight and lantern glow.

"One if by land, two if by sea....."

One of the first poems I memorized as a child.....good memories.
You can't study American History during the Revolutionary War and NOT read this classic poem. I thought that the illustrations in this book were beautiful and helped capture the attention of my children. I remember the first few lines of the poem from when I was little... "Listen, my children, and you shall hear/ Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere," - it was nice to have such a lovely copy of the poem in a picture book to share with my little ones. I also appreciated the extra information in th...more
Spencer Gold
This was a very detailed book about Paul Revere and the moments leading up to his famous ride. It was great to read about all the events the day before he got on his horse and rode to warn others of the British invasion. I thought the story showed the true courage of Paul Revere and how he put all others ahead of him to make sure everyone was properly warned. This is a great book to read to learn about the man and the moment in US history that help change the face of the war.

The full page bleed...more
Peter Heinrich
Beautiful modern (but "classical") engravings and interesting accoutrements engage the kids long before the poetry clicks. Bought this more for myself, but was pleasantly surprised when the kiddos picked it for bedtime—more than once. Found it next to Casey At the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888, another classic poem brought to life beautifully by the same illustrator (Christopher Bing).
“A Note on the Preparation of This Book” explicates the meaning of “graved and painted.” It’s an impressive mixture of drawing, painting, computer photography, and image manipulation. Paired with the use of a typeface that’s contemporary with the events, it gives the book a feeling of historical verisimilitude. In addition to beautifully illustrating Longfellow’s famous poem, Bing includes a brief historically accurate account of Revere’s well organized network of riders and what really happened...more
S. J.
Though it has been many years since I read this, I remember this book very fondly. The poem can be found in a hundred places, including youtube and other poetry websites. So, why this book? Why look for this copy when you can find it elsewhere in an instant?

Because this is a picture book and a very good one at that. The words and pictures are paired beautifully and really add to the understanding one can gain from the poem. I would strongly suggest using this book to introduce the poem to young...more
Dawn Draper
I truly enjoyed the cantor of this book and the map on the back cover. I didn't really enjoy the illustrations, but that is my taste and nothing else. I would certainly use this book AFTER I studied this part of the American Revolution so that the students would be familiar with the story before we read it. There is language that Longfellow used that will be unfamiliar to the students but since we would be using the book after studying "the ride" they would be able to make inferences when words...more
My appreciation for poetry has increased over the years, but this is a classic for the learned and unlearned alike.
Tara Lynn
My mother read this to me for the first time when I was younger. At the time, I believe that it was a children's illustrated copy, and might have been edited a little for a younger audience. I picked up this copy as a teenager, and read it for the first time as an adult. Although I love the poem itself, as a student of history in college, I was a little disappointed to find that like so many other moments in American history, Revere's famous ride was greatly exaggerated. The ride was completed b...more
Paul Revere’s Ride-The Landlord’s Tale is the most beautifully illustrated depiction of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem that I have ever seen. Lavishly illustrated by Charles Santore, this 40 page hardcover book is a must have for every family who wants to share American history with their children. This book will fast become a favorite night time read and be a wonderful springboard for telling the history of the founding of our country. I just happened to be fortunate enough to find a...more
Ok, I was waiting for the copy machine at school to warm up and there was an old English lit. book just lying there. As I skimmed through it, this caught my eye. I always remembered "on if by land or two if by sea", but I never remembered which it ended up being. Not to spoil your fun, but it was the sea. It was also a LOT shorter than I remembered from school. I finished reading it before the copier warmed up. (ok, I guess it was only an excerpt!)

I used to love this poem as a child; but, years of studying literature and far better poets has soiled it for me. Normally, I'm not one to complain about rhyme scheme, foot, meter, etc. but Longfellow just wrote in such a disjointed pattern (constantly switching his poetic patterns) that I found it extremely hard to enjoy. It just seems very amateur.[return][return]I gave this an extra star because Christopher Bing's artistic adaptation is beautiful.
I really liked the illustrations in this book. This is a good way to introduce younger people to history.
I love this poem. I've read this to the kids countless times through the years. Thanks to Grandpa Sutter we have a beautifully illustrated copy. We reread it today after finishing the children's bio of Paul Revere. They understood it a lot better this time around. They are starting to appreciate these things now...success....
Reads like a combination of Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven and the classic tale of The Night Before Christmas. A bit wordy from an informational stand point for young readers. I would love to hear it read aloud by Vincent Price! The illustrations were also quiet lovely and really captured the time period well.
Unexpectedly, my 5 and 6 year olds loved this book. Of course Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem is classic. I thought it might be beyond the children's reach at their age, but the illustrations must have held their attention because I have had Minutemen and Red Coats marching around my house ever since we finished reading this.
Jenny Schramm
I found this book really interesting. It wasn't like the story that I remember hearing as a kids when we did history. I think it would have been better if it had the line I remember saying "the British are coming ." I really did like the illustrations of the book though. Not one of my favorite books
4th graders are working on a poetry unit and I read this one to them as a classic poem. Additionally I talked about Whittier and Frost as many of our elementary schools are named for American writers/poets. The book's illustrations are great attention-getters as the poem is read to them.
It was exciting. Hehe, I couldn't get the first lines out of my head after my family played Wheel of Fortune and the quotation was from the beginning of the 'Midnight Ride.' I had to get the book. This was an enjoyable read from history and well worth it.
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and "Evangeline". He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and was one of the five members of the group known as the Fireside Poets.

Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine and studied at Bowdoin College. After spending time in Europe he became a prof...more
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“You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,---
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,---
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.”
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