June 19, 2017

Making US History Fun with the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series {Review}

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I have a confession to make, when I was a young child I was never a big fan of US History, I'm almost ashamed to say this, but I thought it was quite the "snooze fest" of subjects. Fast forward today, and I definitely have a greater appreciation for it and everything that our forefathers had done to make our country what it is today. I only wish that I felt this way as a child. When the time comes to really dive into US history with my son, I don't want him to approach the subject with the same feelings that I had. Instead, I want him to be eager and ready to soak up the information and actually enjoy learning about our country, to the point that he actually finds the subject to be....well...fun! History really doesn't have to be boring if you approach it the right way, and it also helps when you have resources like the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh.

I personally enjoy listening to Rush Limbaugh's radio talk show, and had previously heard so many good things about his Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series. When presented with a chance to invite the entire series into my home, I was beyond thrilled. With so many distractions in our lives, it's nice to step back and remember how our country became what it is today and all the sacrifices of those who came before us. It might be difficult for really young children to fully understand the importance of those sacrifices. Sometimes, you just need a way to get children excited about American history–that's just what these books do.


Adventures of Rush Revere

Adventures of Rush Revere



The Adventures of Rush Revere book series currently includes five books. While the overall storyline may be fictional, the books offer a unique twist by including historical themes with true facts, dates, events, and important figures from American history. The books are geared towards children in the eight through twelve age range when it comes to reading level, but I'm going to be truly honest and just say that this series is going to strike the fancy of those well under the recommended age range and well over. My son is preschool age, and although he can't read by himself, yet, he was still eager to sit right next to me as we read these together, actually enjoying the stories. As an adult, I found them extremely entertaining and quite difficult to put down.


Our books arrived beautifully presented in a blue Adventures of Rush Revere bow



The stories are both engaging and fun. There's a happy mix of humor (including Liberty, a talking, time traveling horse who loves to eat) and educational value. The characters are also portrayed wonderfully, and in such a way that you actually get emotionally attached to each one. While the books aren't necessarily Christian themed, there's occasional references on Godly principles and values, which is especially important to my family. Perhaps if this series was around when I was a kid, I would have developed a greater appreciation for US History at a much younger age. What a joy to have something like this available for my own child. It's really difficult to not get so excited about these books!


You can't help, but feel patriotic after reading the Adventures of Rush Revere series. 
My son now goes around the house reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.






A BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF WHAT THE SERIES IS ABOUT:


Rush Revere is a history teacher and one of the main characters. His horse, Liberty, has special secret talents, including one that allows him to time travel to any point in history. When Rush takes on a substitute teaching job for a honors history class, he soon forges a special friendship with some of the students (Tommy, Freedom, Cam, and later on Maddie). They quickly learn about Rush and Liberty's secret, and so the historical time traveling adventures begin. Each book continues close to where the other one leaves off, and there is an overall theme to each one that highlights an important time in American history, while pairing it with an additional lesson to be learned in the present day.





THERE ARE CURRENTLY FIVE BOOKS IN THE SERIES:


Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: The first book in the series offers an introduction to the main characters that will be included in all five books. The historical theme revolves around the pilgrims, their travels to America (in the Mayflower) in order to escape religious persecution, and the hardships that they had to endure when they arrived. Historical individuals mentioned in this book include William Bradford, Miles Standish, and several members of the Wampanoag tribe such as Squanto, Massasoit, and Samoset.


Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Rush and Liberty are back with their time traveling adventures. This time the entire gang will learn how the American Revolution got started. The book includes encounters with King George III, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere (Rush Revere's inspiration), and even George Washington to name a few. The action really picks up in this one as the crew experience what it was like for those who fought for our freedom. They also get a front row seat to the Boston Tea Party.


Rush Revere and the American Revolution: One of Rush's students, Cam, is having a difficult time dealing with his father's military deployment. When his mother enlists in Revere's help, he takes Cam on an adventure back to the American Revolution. Cam soon learns the reason why his dad had to answer the call of duty, the sacrifices of those who served, and that the price of freedom never comes easy. Additional American patriots who are highlighted include Henry Knox, Dr. Joseph Warren, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Readers will also learn about the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Paul Revere's "Midnight Ride."


Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner: Tommy is upset that his grandfather is ill and Rush Revere wants to cheer him up, so he takes the crew to Washington DC on a field trip. They also go on a new time traveling adventure to meet historical figures such as James Madison, George Mason, and Francis Scott Key. The development of the American government is the main focus with topics including the US Constitution, the three branches of government, and even the National Anthem to name a few. While on their field trip, a new member of the crew is also introduced, a homeschooler named Maddie.


Rush Revere and the Presidency: In the fifth book (but hopefully not the last), readers will learn all about elections, voting, and the country's first presidents, George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, as the crew visits each one. In present day, Cam has decided to run for student body president. With the help of a local congressman and his historical time traveling adventures, he will learn the true importance of being elected into office and the responsibility that it entails. I do have to note that the book doesn't just highlight past presidents, but their wives and the impact that they've made on our country, as well.




The book includes fun illustrations of the characters, as well as photos and artwork of real historical places, artifacts, people, and events throughout American history.



In addition to the books, which are wonderful, making a visit to the Rush Revere website is a must. Here you'll find printable study guides and activities, as well as games and quizzes. Readers can also write to their favorite characters like Liberty and Maddie. There are even amazing scholarship opportunities available!






I cannot speak highly enough about the Adventures of Rush Revere book series. The series is extremely informative and in my humble opinion, without a doubt, some of the best historical fiction books made available to children. Kids will love them for their exciting stories, and parents will appreciate the fact that their child is also learning important historical facts. All five books are excellent for extra curricular reading, and can be easily incorporated into a history lesson or homeschool unit study. Whether your child is homeschooling or attending school outside of the home, if you're looking to get them eager about learning American History, then you are going to want to pick these books up. Trust me, you won't be sorry!






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2 comments:

Brenda Loves Sharing said...

These are books right in the age range for my son. My oldest son liked history, so maybe my younger one will also. It would be great if my son can read these for reading counts points in his school. I'll have to check.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

I highly recommend these books! They can also be purchased separately, so you could always let them read one and see if they enjoy it. The books follow a consistent timeline in history, so I would go ahead and start with the first one in the series, Rush Revere and the First Pilgrims. Hey, you may even enjoy them, too (I know I did!). ;-)

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