Paul Revere is commonly remembered in the Longfellow legend of his Midnight Ride before the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord. In this bright, informative biography, Giblin follows Revere's life from his humble beginnings as a French immigrant's son to his work as a silversmith and a horse messenger amid the mounting pressures of revolution. In precise, accessible prose, Giblin chronicles Revere's daring acts -- both the famous and the overlooked. Along the way, he portrays a brave, compassionate, multitalented American patriot.
Paul Revere had a wide range of activities: Besides being a rider for the Revolution, he was a famed silversmith, engraved cartoons and paper money, and practiced dentistry. He was an early American manufacturer, and his silver business is still thriving today. Connections to contemporary times can be drawn from his being the son of a French immigrant, and from his activities in the American insurgency against Britain in the Revolution.
James Cross Giblin's major awards include:
15 ALA Notables
4 Best Books for Young Adults
5 Orbis Pictus Honors
2 Boston Globe/Horn Book Honors for Nonfiction
Washington Post Body of Work Award
National Book Award
3 Golden Kite Awards
2 Ohio State Awards
In fewer than one-hundred pages, this oversized biography of Paul Revere ably ambles through his life. Beginning with the arrival of Revere's father, Apollos Rivoire, in Boston, the reader paces through his early education and apprenticeship, walks through his family life, trots along during Revere's involvement with the Sons of Liberty, gallops through the famous midnight ride, and canters through his many business successes. A great deal of background information on the period is included, and the author makes good use of archival art to enhance the text. Every two-page spread has at least one illustration. One of the more interesting pieces is a copy of a bell ringer's agreement that Paul drew up when he was only fifteen. It shows that even then he was a shrewd businessman with beautiful penmanship. A nice touch is the inclusion of Longfellow's poem "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," complete with an introduction and a brief comparison of the poem and the reality of the ride. Other back material includes a time line that would serve well as an overview of the book and a section on historic sites to visit in Boston, Charlestown, Lexington, and Concord. Although the publisher is marketing this book to grades three to eight, it does not have a babyish look. The conversational tone and many illustrations create a good overview of the 1770s in Boston, making it very useful in the classroom, especially for reluctant readers or history students.