Title: And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?And Then What Happened, Paul Revere
Author: Jean Fritz
Illustrator: Margot Tomes
Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: 9-12
Star Rating: ★★★★

Another biography from Jean Fritz.

His Life.

Paul Revere was born in Boston Massachusetts. Of course, Boston was much smaller then – there weren’t nearly so many roads and buildings all stuffed together as there would be when Paul was a man. Paul grew up in the silversmithing business and later, when his father died, fifteen-year old Paul picked up the reins of their family store.

The American War for Independence wasn’t the first war Paul had participated in – the French and Indian War came first. We use the word “participate” because Paul didn’t really fight in either. He spent most of his time polishing his gun during the French and Indian War and we all know that he dashed around on his horse for the American Revolution.

The reason he dashed though, was quite exciting – British soldiers were planning to march into the countryside and start fighting with the citizens there. But the Patriots didn’t know when they would start their march – or what route they would take. It was decided that once these facts were discovered and the British began their march, Paul would cross the Charles River and dash the short way to Lexington and Concord while other riders took a longer way (just in case Paul didn’t make it through). But Paul did make it through, the battle of Lexington Green was fought, and the minutemen weren’t caught napping. Hoorah!

Paul kept helping with the Patriot cause. He also made 398 church bells and nineteen grandchildren. They liked to hear the story of his famous ride (the children, not the bells). Paul died in 1818.

Discussion.

Ms. Fritz’s biographical style is very saucy – Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? and Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? both poked lots of fun at their subjects. And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? isn’t nearly so tongue-in-cheek as those two books, but it still exploits the vanity of its hero.

It is mentioned on page seven that there was once a pickled pirate’s head on display in Boston. Accompanying is an illustration of a greenish looking head on a pole.

An illustration of Mrs. Revere on page twenty-seven shows cleavage.

A British officer is quoted as saying ‘d***’ once (fully spelled).

Conclusion. A funny version of Paul Revere’s life.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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