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Book Title: The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere|
The author of the book: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Reader ratings: 6.6
Edition: National Geographic Children's Books
Date of issue: November 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9780792265580
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 22.60 MB
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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 letter, an attachment to the book, which I carefully unfolded and read. The letter is written by Thomas Gage, instructing Lieut. Colonel Smith to have his troops go to Concord to destroy all artillery, ammunition, provisions, tents, small arms and all military stores whatever.
Turning the page, I find a historic map of Boston, Lexington and Concord, with details of the Plan for the Secret Expedition to Concord.
Then the poem begins. Beautiful illustrations accompany each verse, drawing the reader into the feelings of the events.
At the end of the book, we are given the historic story of Paul Revere's ride, and the historical inaccuracies of the poem, which was written long after the event, are explained. We are then given another map, showing the routes that all of the riders of the alarm took, also showing where Paul Revere was captured, and where Dr. Samuel Prescott continued on without him to warn the people of Concord and the towns beyond.
In closing, the back page of the book contains another inserted letter, neatly folded and sealed for us to open, giving the historic written deposition of Paul Revere, which was prepared for the Massachusetts Provincial Congress.
A BEAUTIFUL copy, a beautiful historic piece of reading. I would highly recommend this specific copy for anyone looking for a book on The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.
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Read information about the authorHenry 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 professor at Bowdoin and, later, at Harvard College. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1842). Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, though he lived the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts in a former headquarters of George Washington.
Longfellow predominantly wrote lyric poetry, known for its musicality, which often presented stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas. He has been criticized, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses.
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