*Perfect for ages 7-9
*Includes pictures and illustrations of Paul Revere and important people, places, and events in his life.
*Explains Paul Revere's midnight ride in his own words.
*Includes Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem, "Paul Revere's Ride"
“Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ”Paul Revere’s Ride”
In Charles River Editors’ History for Kids series, your children can learn about history’s most important people and events in an easy, entertaining, and educational way. Pictures help bring the story to life, and the concise but comprehensive book will keep your kid’s attention all the way to the end.
Paul Revere is one of the most famous Americans in history, and one of the first that schoolchildren learn about. Although he is known almost entirely for his legendary midnight ride before the Battles of Lexington and Concord today, in colonial Boston he was praised for the quality of the silver he made, and he was known for being one of the patriotic Sons of Liberty and a militiaman. With 16 children, Paul Revere supported his large family by doing everything from dentistry to casting church bells and engraving the most popular image of the Boston Massacre. His ability to roll copper into sheets made his work even more valuable to ship construction around Boston.
Given everything he did for Boston and his community, it would have greatly surprised Revere at the end of his life if he had known he would become an American legend for his midnight ride on the night of April 18, 1775. Revere was one of several midnight riders on that night, and he was actually captured by the British in the middle of the ride, which prevented him from ever reaching the destination of Concord. Revere was escorted back toward Lexington by the British that morning.
Revere did not successfully finish his own ride, so why is he one of the most famous men of the colonial era? The legend of Paul Revere can be almost completely credited to famous American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whose poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” has shaped the legacy of the man and his ride, even though Longfellow intentionally made parts of the poem inaccurate to make Revere a hero. To say it worked would be an understatement.
History for Kids: The Illustrated Life of Paul Revere chronicles all of Paul Revere’s life and the midnight ride that made him famous. It includes some of Revere’s own quotes about his life and ride, while also covering his entire life and humanizing one of the most famous patriots of American history. Along with pictures and Wadsworth’s famous poem, your child will learn about Paul Revere like never before, in no time at all.
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Published January 24, 2013
by Charles River Editors.
Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.