Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Favorite Picture Books: Paul Revere's Ride

Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Ted Rand

One year, I checked out one of every illustrated copy of Longfellow's Paul Revere's Ride the library owned. After reading them all, this was by far my favorite. Mr. Rand seems to capture the grim determination, eerie quiet in the waiting, haste and flurry in the galloping.

The poem is not historically accurate, of course, but it is a masterful work of art in itself. When sharing it with children (and mine love to hear it), the illustrations in this book are a worthy accompaniment. Plus, there's a map on the front and end-covers. First Son has always loved maps.

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