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Paul Revere's Ride

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  1,962 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
So begins one of the most stirring poems in American Literature, brought vividly to life in this breathtaking new edition by a master of picture-book illustration. Ted Rand's moonlit vision captures the swift, rhythmic gait of Longfellow's words and the drama of Revere's brave ride as he gallops from town to farm, sounding the call to rise and arm against the British. The ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 6th 1990 by Dutton Juvenile (first published 1861)
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R. C.
Jul 14, 2010 R. C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
The beauty of this book lies not in the poem, which many American children have heard (Listen my children and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere) . The beauty for me was in this specific edition copy, illustrated by Christopher Bing.

Opening the hardcover book I was greeted with beautiful period artwork, showing items laying on the desk, old reading glasses, a quill pen, letter sealing wax with a stamp, and ink pot, and wait...what is this? Right inside the cover is a folded let
Nov 09, 2008 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv, poetry
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
Kayla Pollema
Feb 17, 2010 Kayla Pollema rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pbgs1
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
Nice illustrations.
Nov 16, 2016 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully illustrated picture book of this famous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. "One if by land, two if by sea." My mom would have loved this book; I know we all did. It was a great read aloud!
Ultimate Reading Challenge 2016. A book of poetry.

Just one poem and an historically inaccurate one at that. A good introduction to young people about the Revolutionary War as long as you point out afterward the contribution by William Dawes and other facts omitted by this author.
Basically true narrative poem that I knew by heart at one time. I like how the rhythm of the verses reminds me of a horse galloping. Every American child should know this poem.
Emily Lanpher
Oct 18, 2016 Emily Lanpher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exceptionally written rendition of Paul Revere's Ride. Would be a great addition to a classroom either as a free-read book, or as part of a lesson or unit.
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is a representational historical picture book for ages seven and older. It poetically describes the famous midnight ride of Paul Revere, but not just the ride, it details the events leading up to his ride and some of the events after. This book should be utilized as a group assignment. Group work is an important social skill needed in the job/career world. Being able to work with a team or a partner is a huge plus and usually a must ...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
Cheryl Wright
Oct 14, 2012 Cheryl Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Shanna Gonzalez
Feb 20, 2011 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
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
Rachel Lizan
Feb 23, 2014 Rachel Lizan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-642
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.

Chris Connolly
Oct 03, 2013 Chris Connolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-642
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
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
Dec 06, 2014 Leah added it
Paul Revere’s Ride showed a crucial moment in the American Revolution. It started with that fateful night and documented his thought process and the actual actions that occurred that night. The text itself was written in rhyme to engage the audience in the wonderful truth. The last page of the book described more about the journey including specific dates and names.
The illustrations were done in water color, and had a general darker color scheme, which made sense since the setting was at night.
Alex Schuler
Oct 06, 2015 Alex Schuler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This historical fiction picturebook was actually one of my favorites to have my mother read to me when I was younger. The poem was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1860 and tells the true, but partially fictionalized, story of Paul Revere's famous ride to warn of the British invasion. The poem has a steady rhyme scheme that engages young readers and encourages some memorization. Charles Santore's vivid illustrations convey the sense of adventure and triumph intended by the poem. The cove ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2011 Spencer Gold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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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).
May 03, 2009 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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
Tara Lynn
Mar 18, 2009 Tara Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2011 Wanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2015 ms.obrien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poetry. I enjoyed this picture book! I thought the illustrator did a wonderful job tying in the pictures with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem (originally published as "Paul Revere's Ride"). The illustrations were interesting and almost cartoon-like. This would be a great read-aloud for the lower grade level classrooms and during a lesson to introduce poetry. I especially enjoyed the last two pages which gave a brief summary of the American Revolution and a map of Paul Revere's ride. All ...more
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.
Falan Miller
"The midnight ride of Paul Revere" is about Paul Revere's ride to warn the town that the British were coming. This book goes through his ride though the town and tells how he saved his town.

I liked this book because it was a rhyming book. I didn't like the illustrations as much but the rhyming scheme made it fun to read.

This book could be used in a classroom to help students understand different rhyme schemes. It also could be used for the students to enjoy.
Oct 21, 2009 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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!)

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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
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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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