And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?

by Jean Fritz

Other authorsMargot Tomes (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1996



Local notes

973.2 Fri





Puffin Books (1996), Edition: Reissue, 48 pages


Describes some of the well-known as well as the lesser-known details of Paul Revere's life and exciting ride.


Original language


Original publication date


Physical description

48 p.; 7 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member HollyBrunner
Very interesting and creative tale of Paul Revere's ride. Written in a way that students will want to keep reading and find out what happened next and what life was like in Boston at that time.
LibraryThing member kmcgiverin05
This is a biography book about Paul Revere and his life. It is put into an interesting story so that children will be interested in reading it. I would recommend it for the primary grades. I would use this in the classroom to discuss the Boston Tea Party and also Paul revere. It doesn't have a good
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example of plot because the plot is drawn out for a while because it is more factual than story driven. Overall it is a good book for beginning readers.
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LibraryThing member macfly_17
This is a pretty interesting book about Paul Revere's life, tailored to the younger reader. There are a lot of illustrations that supplement the test. The author has written the book making the reader want to know 'what happens next.'
LibraryThing member jacobs
I thought the book was a very good American Revolution and Early Revolution history. The book told how the minute men worked.
LibraryThing member ranaemathias
Fritz, Jean. (1996). And then what happened, paul revere?. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.
This hunorous biography of Paul Revere is written in simple, predictable language for younger readers. It has engaging illustrations with a "comic" feel to them. It is unique in that it ends many sections with
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a question. I like that it encourages readers to predict what will happen to Paul next. Jean Fritz also added a section of additional facts after the story. It also alternates between color and black and white illustrations. It accurately portrays the colonial period. Rather than include another book of this decade, I want to highlight the other biographies Jean Fritz has written in this same style which have been very appealing to my students in the past. Some of these are: Can't you make them behave, King George?; Shh! We're wrting the constitution!;What's the big idea, Ben Franklin?; Will you sign here, John Hancock?
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LibraryThing member cc120323
This is a story of Paul Revere during the Revolutionary War period. It tells about his business in Boston and about the city of Boston during this historic time. The book tells about how Paul Revere was involved with the Sons of Liberty, the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, and how he
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rode to deliver messages of the Committee of Correspondence. It also describes how Paul Revere rode to warn of the British attack at Lexington and Concord. The book ends with Paul Revere telling his grandchildren about his involvement during the Revolutionary War and with the children asking, “and then what happened?”

This was a good book for children to learn about history and a biography of Paul Revere. I liked how the book was a fast read and written to keep children interested. It didn’t overwhelm you with lots of facts but told the history in the form of a story.

1. Create a timeline of the events in Paul Revere’s life.
2. Write a newspaper article of one of the events described in the book. For example the Boston Tea Party. Then illustrate the event like Paul Revere illustrated the Boston Massacre.
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LibraryThing member Kimberly.Danielle
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? introduced readers to the busy life of Paul Revere. Readers are familiar with Revere’s midnight run to alert the citizens of Lexington and Concord that the British were coming. After researching Paul Revere, Fritz details his busy life with his work as a
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silversmith, a dentist, a church bell ringer, a father, and a member of the Massachusetts Pony Express.
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LibraryThing member nmillsio
48 pages
4-6th grade
Informational Picture Storybook
I found Fritz’ biographical account of Paul Revere to be very useful. It delivers the “meat” of Revere’s actual experience in his famous ride, treading nicely between not sensationalizing the tale and not being overtly mundane. Fritz does
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manufacture dialogue between Revere and other characters that, in this style of book, I find feels forced and unnecessary. However, the story progresses neatly and swiftly through Revere’s entire life and over all it’s a fun and informative read for a kid. Tomes’ artwork fits nicely with the story. Also, Fritz added some additional facts about Revere on the last two pages.
I would use this book as a precursor to an American Revolution unit. I would ask the class what they knew about Paul Revere. After they responded, “The redcoats are coming,” I would use the book to prove how little most know about Revere’s involvement in the Revolutionary War.
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LibraryThing member asomers
The biography is perfect for younger readers. It covers both the wellknown facts about his life as well as some personal and funny anecdatoes about a very complex man.
LibraryThing member jschwa12
The main message of this book is to tell the life of Paul Revere. I had mixed feelings about this book after reading it. I liked the book because of the of point of view was in third person. Paul Revere could be discussed in an unbiased way to inform readers about his life, passions, and journeys.
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But i didn't like the illustrations which outdated the book. The pictures assisted the writing but this copy was from the 1070's which had a non realistic and did not have kids friendly illustrations of this generation.
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LibraryThing member natalie.loy
This is the story about Paul Revere and his famous midnight ride. Paul Revere was given the task to ride from town to town warning the people the British were coming. When the Red Coats came over the hill the American's were ready for them thanks to Paul Revere. This is a simple story that focuses
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on Paul Revere's contribute to America during the Revolutionary War.
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LibraryThing member pussreboots
I remember having to read And Then What Happened Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz when I was in elementary school. It was one of a number of books we had to read when we were learning about Revere and his contemporaries. While the book did teach me a great deal about the life of Revere I found it's
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saccharine cheerfulness to be unsettling especially at times when the book is covering the number of deaths in the revere family (especially those of Revere's young siblings, many of whom died as children or infants).

Now as an adult going back and rereading this book I found the disjoint between the serious subject matter and the almost comic book style of art unnerving. History books can be interesting to children without having them always completely upbeat. Paul Revere was an important historical figure but he is not a superhero!
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LibraryThing member csmith109
In my opinion this is a great book on Paul Revere. The language used throughout this book is so descriptive the reader feels as if they have traveled back in time and are visiting with Paul. On page 5, the author describes Boston as having 42 streets, 36 lanes, 22 alleys, 1,000 brick houses, 2,000
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wooden houses, and a lot of 10 inch dogs. This description paints a picture in the readers mind of what Boston looked like back in the day. Being able to paint a picture in your mind shows that you are comprehending what you are reading.
Another aspect of the book is that the writing is so well organized that the information flows smoothly throughout the book. The reader is able to follow along as the author tells Paul Revere's story. Each fact that is shared has some type of background knowledge afterward to help the reader comprehend the information being shared. "To make extra money, he took a job ringing the bells in Christ Church. In Boston, church bells were rung not just on Sundays but three times a day on weekdays, at special hours on holidays and anniversaries, for fires and emergencies, whenever a member of the congregation died, and whenever there was especially good news moment's notice word would come that the bells were to be rung, and off Paul would run, his hate clapped to his head, his coattails flying." The main idea of this book is to share Paul Revere's life story before, during, and after his patriotic adventures!
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LibraryThing member anunez1
In this biography of Paul Revere we as the reader learn so much that it makes this book a good read. I enjoyed this book for its great reference to specific parts of history such as the Boston Tea Party and the battle of Concord. In addition I also enjoyed how the author continually asked questions
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throughout the story. This allows the reader to take a moment and predict what they think happened next. Finally, I enjoyed this book because of the fluency of the text. As a young reader it is easy to stumble over some words at first however this is not an issue I feel for this text. The book is structured sequentially which aids the reader in understanding the story as a whole. The overall big idea of this passage is that Paul Revere was known not only for his role as a rider but also as a dentist for false teeth.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Well, as an adult, I did know much of what is presented here, but it was still a neat quick read with appropriately light but informative illustrations. A little flippant, maybe, but fun enough that I'll be looking for more by the author. The notes in the back, with more information, are
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(My edition is a 45 page softcover with the richly colored cover, though the ISBN leads to a newer one with a more spare design.)
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½ (66 ratings; 3.9)
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