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And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?

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Everyone knows about Paul Revere's big ride to Lexington. But not everyone knows the harrowing details and narrow escapes along the way. Did you know that Paul Revere forgot his spurs on his famous ride. Or that he whittled false teeth to make extra money? A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year. A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. An ALA Notable Children ...more
Paperback, Paperstar, 48 pages
Published May 7th 1996 by Puffin Books (first published October 1st 1973)
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Sarah Sammis
Sep 11, 2007 rated it it was ok
I remember having to read And Then What Happened Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz when I was in elementary school. It was one of a number of books we had to read when we were learning about Revere and his contemporaries. While the book did teach me a great deal about the life of Revere I found it's saccharine cheerfulness to be unsettling especially at times when the book is covering the number of deaths in the revere family (especially those of Revere's young siblings, many of whom died as children ...more
Fritz has created a cottage industry for herself by writing historical books in story form. All the ones I have read are interesting enough to engage children while remaining historically accurate (or so I assume) and informative. Use this one in conjunction with the famous poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.
Katie Fitzgerald
This month, while the Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge has been focusing on nonfiction, I decided to finally sit down and read a stack of the late Jean Fritz's books about the history of the United States. In total, I read 8 titles:

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? illustrated by Margot Tomes (1973)
Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (1974)
Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? illustrated by Margot Tomes (1975)
What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was read aloud to me as I sewed a Paul Revere costume for a grade school history day. I was pleasantly surprised, it was quite good, coat tails flying and all.
Marissa Sansone
Title: And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
Author: Jean Fritz
Illustrator: Margot Tomes
Genre: 3-5 Biography
Theme(s): United States, History, Massachusetts
Opening line/sentence:
In 1735 there were in Boston 42 streets, 36 lanes, 22 alleys, 1,000 brick homes, 2,000 wooden houses, 12 churches, 4 schools, 418 horses (at the last count), and so many dogs that a law was passed prohibiting people from having dogs that were more than 10 inches high.
Brief Book Summary: This book describes the infamous rid
Ryan Rainey
Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: eced-221
"And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?" by Jean Fritz was a very good book. This book described the life of Paul Revere. It explained Paul Reveres child hood and family. Then the book stated Paul Reveres working life and all of the jobs that he partaked in. We were even told about how Paul Revere made his historical ride warning fellow citizens that the red coats were coming.

This book presented very factual information. The factual information presented was the about Paul Reveres midnight ride w
Laura Verret
Paul Revere was born in Boston Massachusetts. Of course, Boston was much smaller then – there weren’t nearly so many roads and buildings all stuffed together as there would be when Paul was a man. Paul grew up in the silversmithing business and later, when his father died, fifteen-year old Paul picked up the reins of their family store.

The American War for Independence wasn’t the first war Paul had participated in – the French and Indian War came first. We use the word “participate” because Paul
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
1. Biography
2. Paul Revere is known for his riding up and down the upper east coast of the United States spreading news or warnings in opposition of the English. This book goes beyond his famous rides and talks about his family life and what he did out of job as an express rider.
3. A. Age appropriate
B. “The Americans lost a totally of 93 men at Lexington and later at Concord. The English lost 273” (Fritz, 1973, p. 47). These were the statistics of the battles that started the Revolutionary War.
Stacey Borror
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
LIBS 642 Bookshelf - (Kimmel)
Genre - Biography

This story tells the tale of Paul Revere’s extraordinary ride during the American Revolution and the near escapes that he encountered. You also learn about the different skills and jobs that Paul Revere had to support him and his family. Find out interesting details about Paul Revere that usually aren’t learned.

A) Content
B) This story is full of details of Paul Revere that are often overlooked or not learned. Fritz is able to provide the read
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Genre: Biography
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
Summary: Most people know of Paul Revere because of his famous “ the British are coming” warning. However, this book delves into the background of his life making it interesting to young readers who often find history to be boring. It tells of his early life as a child, jobs he help, his marriage and children and even about a secret club that he was a member of.
a) Area for comment: Accuracy
b) The strength of this title is its accuracy.
Catherine Kirk

This is the biography of Paul Revere, and it tells about his life from his birth until he was an old man. It is very detailed, explaining how his life was before, after, and during the Revolutionary War. It describes his younger years, his marriage and family life and the jobs that he had in order to support his family. It also tells about his famous ride, including the details of things that did not go so well. For example, Paul Revere forgot his spurs at the beginning of his ride and
Mary Ward
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eced221
This biography by Jean Fritz was a good read. It describes events in Paul Revere's life that lead up to the night he road from Lexington to concord to warn the arrival of the Red Coats. There is not an overwhelming amount of facts within the book, however it includes enough to understand Paul Revere and his life.
Jean Fritz has a very unique way of describing the patriot Paul Reveres life. The patriot who is responsible for the famous ride during the revolutionary war. Children would find his lif
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Critique- Junior Book/Biography

This is a story about the life of Paul Revere. It starts from his childhood, to his important ride to Lexington at the start of the American Revolution, and follows him into his old age.

a. Accuracy
b. Accuracy is an important element in biography. This is what separates fiction and non-fiction. In the case of this story the author has taken simple facts about Paul Revere and presented them in a way that young readers can easily follow and learn about this important
Melissa Stasi
My first impression of this book was that it was extremely informational and I would really enjoy reading this book when I was little. In this auto-biography about Paul Revere, it tells his story from a 3rd person point of view by including many facts about Paul's job as a messenger and about the night the British decided to come. I thought it was a good book for a 3rd or 4th grade read aloud because it had easy vocabulary but didn't go into many details which is exactly what the children need. ...more
Logan Williams
May 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Personal Reaction:
While the book was very informational on the life of Paul Revere, I personally was not a fan though. The book goes very in depth on his life and some of his accomplishes, but there was also a lot unnecessary information that is just used as a filler. I was also not a huge fan of the artwork just because they were very plain, simple, and the drawings were just not proportional. Overall, I thought this book was rather boring and would not retain an elementary schoolers' attentio
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter took this book out of the library to read as part of the requirements for the "Birth of Our Nation" Junior Girl Scout council's own badge from the Eastern Massachusetts council. I was originally a bit surprised that a book at this level would have been chosen for 4th through 6th graders (at the time the program was designed) - from the outside, the book seems aimed at a much younger age level.

As my daughter read, she was laughing throughout the book. As she often laughs for reasons t
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: etec545-class-1
Jean Fritz. And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?. (1973)
As the name would imply, this book is about Paul Revere, an important figure in early United States revolutionary history. This book is non-fiction and although it is intended for about a 4th through 8th grader reader, I actually enjoyed it as an adult as well. The book takes us through several phases of the life of Paul Revere, from later childhood into adulthood, family, jobs, and his many exploits in the American Revolution. The book giv
Sarah Landwehr
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
"And Then What happened, Paul Revere?" by Jean Fritz and illustrated by Margot Tomes is a picture book autobiography that details the life of Paul Revere. The book details, not only Revere's life as a blacksmith before the night of his famous ride from Lexington to Concorde, but the situation in Boston before the revolutionary war. Then, after the war, it discusses both Revere's situation and the state of the city once more. This biography includes just the right amount of information to make on ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-5-literature
In this auto-biography about Paul Revere's midnight right, it tells his story from a 3rd person point of view. It includes many facts about Paul's job as messenger and about the night the British came. I thought it was a good book for a 3rd or 4th grade read aloud because it had easy vocabulary but didn't go into many details. I think it could have been more challenging as far as content, but it seems it would be a great introduction to Paul Revere. The main reason I would recommend this class f ...more
Zach Naegele
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is the story of Paul Revere. He was born the first day of the year in the town of Boston. When Paul was 15 his father died, and he took over the silversmithing business. To make extra money, he took a job ringing the bells at Christ Church. When war came, Paul went to fight the French and Indians at Fort William Henry on Lake George, but he never had to fight. Paul returned to Boston, married Sarah Orne, and had six living children. When his wife died, Paul married Rachel Walker and had fiv ...more
In my yearly organization of the classroom, I tackled the bookshelves this week. There is a rather sizable collection of books that have not been entered into the system nor tagged with the genre information. This morning I collected the titles and ISBN of those books so I could get to work. This is one of those books.

We are learning about the American Revolution presently and I thought this might be a good read aloud given we just finished our read aloud book. I read this on my break.

This is a
Dorinda Davie
Grades 3-6 Jean Fritz has an amazing way of writing history facts that makes it entertaining for young readers. The biography of Paul Revere and his famous rides are expertly detailed in a story that is both amusing and colorful, with factual information and an appendix of additional notes from the author. The story is told from the timeline of Paul Revere's parents to his grandchildren. The setting is Boston and the many jobs that Paul had over his lifetime to support his large and growing fami ...more
I think this book was just alright. I have heard a lot about the Jean Fritz books and was excited to read it; however, I think the overall look of the book made me less intersted. There were pictures to supplement the text, which I liked as a teacher of struggling readers; yet, I found them a bit boring. It made the book seem old and outdated, which I think would date away from students' interest in the story.

When just looking at the story I think it was pretty well done. I could see using this
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This is an easy-to-read story about Paul Revere, just right for children who are in 2nd-4th grade. It tells lots of fascinating facts and details about Paul Revere and his life, all told in a good, narrative style. The description of Boston in the early 1700s is so interesting. He was born on January 1st (which makes me think of my friend) and took over his father's silversmithing business when his father died when Paul was just 15 year old. He married twice and had 16 children (four of whom die ...more
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I don't usually review short/picture books here, but this one by Jean Fritz is meant to represent ALL of her American history books, including ones about Sam Adams, Ben Franklin, King George III, Christopher Columbus, etc. We've been very impressed by them. Some are longer than others, some hold the kids' (6 and 4) interest better, but I'm always surprised at Fritz's knack for including details that delight and interest children. And best of all, she's a good writer! I highly recommend these boo ...more
I usually get to read this once a year while I teach fifth graders, as it is a story that is included in the fifth grade reading anthology textbook (basal). It is a great children's story that is both very entertaining and surprisingly accurate to history. We learn about Paul Revere the Midnight Rider, but also Paul Revere the silversmith, dentist, spy, courier, Son of Liberty, and father of sixteen children. A great story about one of our busiest and most influential American patriots, and a pe ...more
A little more straightforward than I had thought, but still fun and entertaining. Also educational, don't forget that. I read it to my son while he was drawing Pokemon monsters and he was having a good time multi-tasking. Of course the part he remembered the most had to do with Paul's dog fetching the spurs. On a side note, having to explain spurs and what you use them for to a 6 year old really made me look like a cruel s.o.b. " you put them on your feet and jab them into the side of a horse?!? ...more
I read this biography aloud to my children. It is recommended for ages 8-11, but even my 4 year-old enjoyed it.

Fritz presents factual information in such a way that it is entertaining and fun! We enjoyed learning more about Revere's involvement with the Sons of Liberty and, of course, all the details surrounding his famous ride to Lexington.

We loved this biography, and we plan to read more of Fritz's biographical series! This book makes a great complement to your American history studies!
Sharne' Cherry
1. Junior book Biography
2. This biography explores the details of Paul Revere's famous horseback ride during the American Revolution.
3.a. Appeal
b. The author of this book presents factual information in a way kids will be interested.
c. As children learn about Paul Revere, they are also entertained because she uses child appeal to communicate the story.
4. This book can obviously be used to provide a creative twist of Paul Revere. Students can relate this book to what they learn about the American
Jonathan Contreras
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. This was so informative and was simple to read. Since I like to read about history and facts about someone that was important to American History, I will only recommend this book to people who like to read about history, only history, because they would get bored automatically. It makes you learn new stuff. Like I never knew that Paul Revere rode a lot in this horse. He rode his horse for about 50 miles straight. So read this if you're into history.
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Jean Fritz is a children’s author who has a fascination with writing historical fictions. She was born on November 16, 1915, in Hankow, China to missionary parents. After living in China for 13 years, Fritz and her family moved back to the United States. Beginning her career with an English degree, Fritz became an award-winning and respected author. She has received an honor for every book that sh ...more
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