I had listened to Mr. Revere and I by Robert Lawson when I was little*, but when Mama asked me if I wanted to read it for history this year, I didn’t even have to think about it; and it was sooo fun to hear again!
“She’ll be a horse to be proud of. She got the lines and build. Can’t fool me on horses. She’d better have two-three weeks’ rest though.” “She’ll have to,” Paul Revere laughed. “You see, I’ve never yet been on a horse.” (46)
For one thing, I had forgotten how funny it was! 🙂 It is about a horse named Scheherazade (or Sherry) who belonged to a red coat, and went to Boston with him. After her master, Sir Cedric Barnstable gambled her off to the owner of a glue factory, she was rescued from a life of drudgery by the Sons of Liberty and given to Paul Revere–and then, of course, carried him on his famous midnight ride.
Mr. Revere and I is a really good book–not only entertaining, but also informative; most of the story taking place before the famous ride. I am not sure how much of it is strictly accurate, but it was sure fun to read again; and the story from the point of view of a brainwashed British horse is quite amusing!
It all started with the imbecile, practically sacrilegious, determination of these stubborn Colonists to defy the sacred authority of our Royal and Sovereign Majesty King George III. (4)
Sherry’s perspective is quite skewed at first, but it doesn’t come across anti-patriot-ish at all; so no worries.
But like I said, I’m not sure how much of it is accurate; and Mr. Lawson didn’t just paint Sam Adams and John Hancock to be geniuses, which might bother some; but you just have to read it for what it is. And I definitely recommend it!
Of course this rude bumpkin was no horseman; I could have tossed him off as easily as a sack of grain. But naturally, for a horse of my breeding, this would never do. For one must never, never allow one’s personal feelings to interfere in the perfect performance of one’s horsely duties. (34)
Happy Thursday! 🙂
* Can you tell that this is my second year studying American history? 🙂