Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Paul Revere

Paul Revere

Jane Sutcliffe
For ages 7 to 10
Lerner, 2002   ISBN: 978-0822501954

Paul Revere was a raised in Boston, always busy and doing something. He started working in his father’s silver shop when he was thirteen, showing promise very early on of becoming a master silver smith. Paul’s father died when Paul was only nineteen and he took over the business. He soon married and became the father of many children, so many children in fact that he had to find many creative ways of making money to provide for them all.

Paul used to enjoy getting together with his friends and discussing the news of the times, especially the ongoing discontent that existed between the colonies that the British crown. It was the taxes that the British imposed on the colonies which caused the greatest problems and Paul soon joined a group called the Sons of Liberty which was led by John Hancock, Sam Adams, and Joseph Warner. As violence broke out and discontent grew Paul found himself at the heart of things, creating propaganda engravings, serving as a messenger for the cause, and playing a part in a famous act of defiance which was to be called "The Boston Tea Party."

In this very comprehensive little book the author tells us not only about that famous ride that Paul Revere made, but she also shows us how Paul Revere was involved in many aspects of the struggle against the British during the American Revolution. She provides the reader with many interesting facts about Paul’s life and the times that he lived in. At the back of the book readers will find a timeline, a list of books for further reading, websites of interest, and a bibliography.