Filigree's Midnight Ride by Pam Berkman and Dorothy Hearst, illustrated by Claire Powell, 181 pages. McElderry Books (Simon), 2019. $18
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Frances Revere, the daughter of Paul Revere, has a little Pomeranian dog named Filigree. He wants to be part of "gang" of big, important dogs, but they all say he is too small. Filigree wants to help fight for freedom and his chance comes when Paul Revere is sent on a secret mission. He is determined to help and Frances is the only one that believes in him. The story follows Filligree on this dangerous mission. Filigree is a small dog with a big heart and will to succeed. He wants to help the colonists beat the soldiers.
Told from Filigree's point of view, the authors puts a new light on Paul Revere's ride and on that period in history. It shows how important it is for all of us to have someone believe in us. I liked that the story is told in simple and easy to understand language. This will be a great story for young students, or for a students to read his or her first "big book" on their own.