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From a masterful storyteller comes the mare Sheherazade's tale; saved from the glue factory by Sam Adams, she and Paul Revere make the ride that changed the course of history. Ages 8-11.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Robert Lawson (1892-1957) is one of the greatest names in children's literature. He is the author and illustrator of such classics as Ben and Me, Mr. Revere and I, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and I Discover Columbus. His last completed work was The Big Wheel.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1050L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 3, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316517294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316517294
  • ASIN: 0316517291
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is such fun for adults to read to kids!
Christine C. Robinson
I teach 8th grade US history and recommend this book to my kids, who range in reading levels.
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Good genre for historical fiction, and offers insights into American history.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Plume45 on April 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
I was surprised that this book read so quickly; it's the story of the horse that Paul Revere rode as the American Revolution was gathering momentum--culminating his famous Midnight Ride. Narrated in the first person by a purebred English horse named Scheherezade, this book recounts her philosophical coming-of-age; she gradually changes from a conceited military parade horse from the Mother Country, into a fast-thinking patriotic mare of the Colonies. She finally decides to "cast in my lot with the champions of Liberty and Freedom."
The first few chapters are full of Lawson's delightful humor while the entire book showcases his pen and ink sketches. One chapter, wherein we experience the danger of his Midnight Ride, is as long as three of his normal chapters. But then, so much action was packed into one 24-hour period--culminating in the Battles of Lexigton and Concord.
We learn much about the personal life and skills of Paul Revere--not noted for his horsemanship, but rather for his work as a silversmith and for being a good family man. He sacrificed much of his homelife and basic physical comforts to help the Sons of Liberty; he acted as courier to other colonies on many vital political missions before he responded to the signal from Old North Church. This book presents an easy and enjoyable introduction to American studies; it should make elementary children want to learn more about our first steps into Nationhood.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Christine C. Robinson on October 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is such fun for adults to read to kids! The hors-ey perspective on American history is a hoot, the vocabulary is challenging, and there are lots of opportunities for discussion with your bright child. The history is accurate, too. It would be an unusually motivated 9 year old who could read this alone, but as a read aloud, it offers benefits to parent and child.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on July 7, 2006
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"It all started with the imbecile, practically sacriligeous, determination of these stubborn Colonists to defy the sacred authority of our Royal and Sovereign Majesty King George III."

- Scheherazade, on her early career as a horse in His Majesty's armed forces

Lawson wrote at least four books in this vein: a famous figure in American history as seen by a close animal companion (ranging from a mouse acting as advisor to a ship's cat). This is the only one of the four in which the narrator would seem at first glance to be based on something that definitely existed, since Revere in his role as a courier obviously *did* have at least one horse.

Lawson, however, isn't attempting to be meticulously accurate; he's concerned with writing an entertaining story that will bring the human historical figure to life, aimed mostly at young readers. So what we have here is historical fiction in which the broad historical details are reasonably correct, including the characters of the leading figures of the Sons of Liberty, but most of the Loyalists are caricatures - the most notable exception being the storyteller, commonly known as "Sherry".

Sherry tells the story as a retrospective in her near-retirement years after her involvement in Revere's pre-War courier work have ended, starting with her early career as the personal mount of an officer in His Majesty's 14th Regiment of Foot. She's careful to retell events as she saw them at the time, underscoring the laughable arrogance of her former associates - at least, of the officers and so-called gentlemen. The "most thrilling moment of [her] entire military career" was the Regiment's last Royal review before being dispatched to Boston - through which her rider and his immediate superior slept on horseback.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
Mr. Revere and I is about Paul Revere told from the perspective of his horse Sherry. Sherry goes through three owners, the last her favorite. She expierences what it is like to be the horse of a Patriot. We enjoyed reading this book because it includes humor, facts, and sometimes even suspense. That is why we recommend this book to other kids.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
It is an excellent book, and it even has history!! I don't like reading history books, but the way the author wrote this, made history fun! A must buy!! Excellent!! The BEST!!! No matter who you are you will like it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1996
Format: Paperback
This fictionalized account of a Revolutionary era
horse, climaxing in a legendary adventure in
American history is an
excellent read, particularly for readers in the 11-13 age
range. This is definitely a different perspective from
a typical history textbook!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Polly on January 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
I teach 8th grade US history and recommend this book to my kids, who range in reading levels. It tells the story of Paul Reevere and the Sons of Liberty from the HORSE'S viewpoint. It is a delightful and very accurate depiction of this most important time in our history. This book can spark the imagination and interest young and old!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By a kid's review on October 19, 2013
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One of my friends at school looked at this book and said, "It looks boring. No offense." Did I find this book to be boring? No way. It captured me from the first page. I liked the author's interesting choice of point-of-view, the fact that Sherry (the horse and protagonist) started out as a loyalist and turned patriot, and the gripping way he told the story, full of action and thought-provoking scenes. Sherry always had interesting observations to make, and the fact that she could sympathize with both sides gave an extra dimension to the story. This book revealed more than a simple text book; if only we read books like these and not text books in class! My only regret is that the book was not longer. I would recommend this book for 9-12 year olds.
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