The newly revised second edition of One April in Boston: The Gift of the Spyglass was released in 2015. Written for ages 10-13, the book teaches American history, the power of imagination, and the value of goal setting. It tells the tale of Ben Edwards’ early Boston ancestors and their connection to the Sons of Liberty and Paul Revere.
In One April in Boston you’ll experience Paul Revere’s Ride and the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Shortly after the Declaration of Independence is read in Boston on July 18, 1776, the story transports readers into the future with fascinating connections to the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and World War I. The tale honors Ben’s relative Philip Edwards by revealing the gift he gave to the neighborhood children before leaving for France to fight in World War I and passing into legend.
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One April in Boston Audio Samples
The One April in Boston audio book is read by Phil Rosenthal. Mr. Rosenthal is a nationally renowned singer, songwriter, recording artist, and record producer. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and the White House and, as the lead singer and guitarist in the bluegrass band The Seldom Scene, received a Grammy nomination for his work on Scene 20. Mr. Rosenthal’s audio recordings for children, under the label American Melody, have garnered wide acclaim including awards from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, American Library Association and other organizations.
Sally Edwards and Paul Revere Jr. meet at the New Brick Church
Ben Edwards and his spyglass on the evening of April 18, 1775
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” first appeared in print in a Boston newspaper on December 18, 1860; later in the January 1861 issue of The Atlantic Monthly; and finally in Tales of a Wayside Inn in the fall of 1863. The text for this recording is The Landlord’s Tale and was taken from a 1915 printing of Tales of a Wayside Inn. “Paul Revere’s Ride” is read by award-winning narrator Phil Rosenthal.