Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Flashback Tuesday: Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow illustrated by Ted Rand

I love how a slip in the facts of American History can result in a "teachable moment".   This is the perfect time to reinforce some American History to our children.  This "teachable moment" also gave me a topic for today's posting.  
Paul Revere's Ride
Paul Revere's Ride  by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and illustrated by Ted Rand is the perfect book to start the conversation about what really happened during this moment in history.   The words are iconic and the illustrations are wonderful and perfectly represent this historic moment.   

Normally I just do one book on Tuesdays.....but I think there is an exception to every rule.  Here are some other books for children to help understand the importance of Paul Revere's Ride!
Many Rides Of Paul ReverePaul Revere's Ride (Step into Reading)And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? (Paperstar)A Picture Book of Paul Revere (Picture Book Biographies)Let It Begin Here!: Lexington & Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution
Many Rides of Paul Revere by James Cross Giblin is great biography of Paul Revere.   This book is an overall biography of his life and gives a more accurate telling of what occurred during the American Revolution and his part in it.   

Paul Revere's Ride (Step Into Reading) by Shana Corey and illustrated by Chris O'Leary is a beginning reader book for the younger student to read and learn from.  It has lots of information which is told in a simpler language. 

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz and illustrated by Margot Tomes is a more detailed account of this historic ride and includes more tidbits and information then in most stories.   Jean Fritz is a master at bringing history to life.   

A Picture Book of Paul Revere by David A. Adler and illustrated by John & Alexandra Wallner is another book written for younger children.  Mr Adler like Jean Fritz is notable for his great biographies that are perfect for children.   This is no exception .   

Let It Begin Here!: Lexington & Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution by Dennis Brindell Fradin and illustrated by Larry Day is a great book to give an overview of the start of the American Revolution.   It includes Paul Revere's ride and the events that surrounded it plus much more. 

These are just a few books I think would help explain what really happened in the early years American History.....I hope they help.   

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