Before going to watch my nephew in his championship football game this weekend in L.A., we helped our grade-school-aged son with the rough draft of his very first book report. His teacher made it clear it was due this morning before we left town — to be scrubbed down to a final version by year-end. “Yes, yes,” I said.
Paul Revere was the “real deal” when it came to tea partiers, as we all know. Like all such figures, Revere’s contributions are open to interpretation and Longfellow took liberties with the story in his famous poem. I was pleased to see that my son picked up on the notion that Revere wasn’t the only rider during his “midnight ride” — you know, a team effort.
“Paul Revere never knew his life would be so important to America,” the book report begins. “He wasn’t afraid to stand up for what’s right. I learned a lot about him reading “A Picture Book of Paul Revere,” by David A. Adler. The book itself is here.
“Everything in the book was true but David Adler forgot to tell if the British were coming by land or by sea,” it concludes. “The British came by sea.” (If you research this, however, some academics — albeit a minority — cling to the “land” version of the story).
A PDF of the report is Paul Revere. We also are working on handwriting and penmanship.