Bing (Casey at the Bat) once again brings his love of history and attention to detail to bear in Longfellow's classic poem. Even before the famous opening lines ("Listen, my children, and you shall hear/ Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere"), he is busily setting the stage with period window dressing, including faux marbled endpapers cluttered with what looks like original documents (letters that open with an authentic-looking wax seal, newspaper accounts, etc.) plus a variety of found objects, from antique spectacles to a quill pen, seamlessly integrated with the aid of 21st-century technology. He presents the text itself on pages that appear yellowed with age. Pen-and-ink drawings on scratchboard, resembling period engravings, are washed with color cool midnight blues warmed by the glow of candlelight and brightened by the silvery light of the moon. Bing employs the poem's inherent drama. The stanza beginning "Meanwhile, his friend, through alley and street,/ Wanders and watches, with eager ears," for instance, finds the lamplighter flattened against the corner of a house as he spies on the British grenadiers. If a few of the spreads are difficult to distinguish (e.g., "The shadowy something far away,/ Where the river widens to meet the bay" that triggers the lamplighter's signal cannot be deciphered, for instance, and it is hard to tell that there's a "second lamp in the belfry"), aspiring historians will overlook them in favor of the cornucopia of relevant facts incorporated into the endpapers including Revere's original deposition to the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. For more sophisticated youngsters, Bing's impressive volume helps tell the tale of what happened that April night in 1775. Ages 7-up.
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Gr 3 Up-Longfellow's most famous tale comes to life once again in Bing's masterfully detailed scratchboard paintings that, through their watercolor glazes, give the appearance of fine old engravings. The digitally produced, superimposed images of playing cards, Colonial money, and various other historical objects enhance the tactile sense of the meticulous renderings. Each half-page piece of text appears on a facsimile of parchment set in Founder's Caslon 30 font, the same typeface used in the first printing of the Declaration of Independence, and the accompanying illustrations, maps, and re-creations of documents clearly reinforce the poet's words. The scratchboards are rich in texture and their many shadows suggest the moods of conspiracy and secrecy that must have permeated those days prior to the battles of Lexington and Concord. One that is particularly poignant is that of Revere hurrying along on horseback while the shadows behind him create a blend of images of both the first and current Stars and Stripes. The illustrations of this beautifully bound rendition are more realistic than those by Jeffrey Thompson (National Geographic, 2000) and are geared to an older audience than those of Paul Galdone's classic version, Paul Revere's Ride (Crowell, 1963; o.p.). Both school and public libraries should add Bing's interpretation to their shelves-this is one patriotic poem that deserves to ride again.
Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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Great book, great size with the best Illustrations!! Very fast shipping!!Published 2 months ago by DeepSouthYa
This is a very nice version of the the famous poem and in my family it will be used to celebrate Patriot's Day avey April 19thPublished 6 months ago by James B. Battles
Thoroughly delightful book for children about an important incident and heroic patriot in our nation's history. Every child should have it. Marvelous illustrations.Published 12 months ago by Louise
Timeless poem with beautiful, unique and historically appropriate illustrations. I love reading my kids books that are actually famous poems, so this was a definitely winner for... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jim9292
Longfellow is a great poet. This book/poem is truly wonderful. Kids will love it because of the meter and the way longfellow builds the excitement throughout the poem. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Katie-girl
This book is more interesting then I thought you should get y'all it'll knock buyer socks off!!!!!! So try itPublished on February 5, 2013 by Dragon's Dogma
This book is a treasure and I am so glad that we discovered it at our local library in time for Independence Day. Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by M. B. Wilkes
I don't like this National Geographic edition of Paul Revere's ride. The illustrations are dark and spooky. Not ideal for kids. Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by spick