Mr. Revere and I

post written by Emma Filbrun

Title: Mr. Revere and I
Author: Robert Lawson
Major Themes: Paul Revere, Boston, Battle of Lexington and Concord, American Revolution
Synopsis: Paul Revere’s famous ride, and the beginning of the American Revolution, are discussed through the eyes of a horse.

We read Mr. Revere and I to go along with our study of the American Revolution—but we read it just for fun. This book isn’t the most accurate, historically, but it’s funny. Sometimes we just want to take a break from the more serious stuff.

This book is narrated by a horse, of all things. Scheherazade, otherwise known as Sherry, was transported to Boston from England by the redcoats. After a nightmarish trip across the ocean, she quickly adjusted to life in the occupied city. She did her best to help her master out—but found herself sold into a horrible life to pay his debts. Things turned for the better, though, when she was given to Paul Revere! She loved his family, although she still didn’t agree with the rebels until one day when her new freedom was threatened.

As I said, this book is fun. We enjoyed quotes like “gout, an ailment highly fashionable at the moment.” I don’t know how much of that sort of thing the boys caught, but I was amused. Someone who was listening to me read the book aloud asked later what this particular quote meant, so we discussed it at the table and had a good laugh.

Do I recommend this book? Yes and no. Yes if you have a good grasp of what happened and just enjoy a humorous retelling of history; no if you are trying to learn the facts of Paul Revere and the beginnings of the Revolution. If your family is like ours, you may have fun picking the story apart and discussing the discrepancies you find!

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