Jun 20, 2017

Schoolhouse Review Crew: Adventures of Rush Revere

I have always loved to read. I love the opportunity to peek into someone else's life, and share their experiences, read their thoughts, feel their emotions. This is particularly fascinating when the story is about a person that really lived, doing things they really did. Historical fiction is high on my list of a good read. So I was pretty happy to be asked to review Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series from Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh.

Adventures of Rush Revere

I'm not a political person. The older I get the more I hate politics and I started out with a great loathing to begin with. So even though I have heard many an episode of Rush Limbaugh's show, I am not a fan. I want to point that out to begin with just so you understand that this is a review of the book series and most definitely not a gushing fan. Because I'm not. A fan. Gushing or otherwise.
Okay, so with that out of the way, lets talk book...
We were sent a copy of all five books in the series. These are lovely books; hardback with pretty dust jackets and absolutely gorgeous insides. I've never seen books like these before, with full-color pages of text, but it made for an enjoyable read. It felt luxurious.  


The stories are about a modern day history teacher, Rush Revere, who has a very special horse. This horse, Liberty, was struck by lightening, an accident that did not kill him, but left him with a few special talents: speech; and more importantly for our story -- the ability to travel through time.

Rush and Liberty make use of the horse's gift to travel back to specific periods of American history in order to teach kids and make history come alive for them. 

In the first book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, they are joined by troublemaker Tommy and misfit Freedom on the Mayflower to experience the trials of the Pilgrims as they cross the ocean. They also get to spend time in Plymouth during their first hard winter and join the Pilgrims for the First Thanksgiving. They meet William Bradford and Myles Standish and even the little-known Francis Billington! 

In the second book, Rush Revere and the First Patriots, the adventures start with a slight mishap to Ben Franklin as Liberty accidentally brings him forward into the future. Once that is sorted, Rush, Liberty and Tommy get to listen to Parliament discuss the Stamp Act and how to enforce taxation on the colonies. Later, they are joined by Cam and Elizabeth, the snobby daughter of the school principal. The latter was not invited, but she came anyway. In their adventures and exploration of the cause of the Revolutionary War, they meet Patrick Henry, Sam Adams, Paul Revere, George Washington and King George. They even got to be a part of the Boston Tea Party. 

In the third book, Rush Revere and the American Revolution, the time travelers get to experience the actual revolution. Rush and Liberty want to help Cam, who is acting out because his dad just got deployed and Cam is being bullied by other kids. By jumping back in time, they also get to help out Paul Revere in his famous ride. They are also present for the Battles of Concord and Lexington. And finally, they get to witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

In the fourth book, Rush Revere and the Star Spangled Banner, Rush and the kids go on a field trip to Washington D.C and review what they have already learned about American History. After a security breach, they time jump back to September 1787 and join the Constitutional Convention in Independence Hall. They eat dinner with James Madison where they learn first hand about the Articles of Confederation and the disagreements in the Convention. They were invited to the actual Convention in the stifling hot Assembly hall and were able to hear the debates and speeches. Later in the book, they see Francis Scott Key write the national anthem. But for us, one of the coolest parts of the book was Maddie, a fellow homeschooler! :)

In the fifth book, Rush Revere and the Presidency, the time travelers visit with the first three presidents of the United States and their first ladies. This is because Cam decides to run for class president. We are still working our way through this book, so I can't tell you yet what all happens! So far, though, it is just as fun as the first four.


So that is the synopsis of each plot, but there is so much more in each book. More information, more tidbits of history. The books are full of humor, imagination and adventure. They truly make the historical figures and events come alive to kids. 

We thoroughly enjoyed each story, thrilling with the danger, laughing at the goofy Liberty who is always hungry, learning lessons about kindness, bravery, honesty, and absorbing lots and lots of history along the way.

One of my favorite parts was that scattered liberally throughout the books was pictures and sketches of famous people, paintings of historic events, photographs of the places we were reading about, pictures of artifacts the people in the story would have used, bits of original documents, maps, and renditions of the Mayflower. 

I liked that the story wove back and forth through history and present day in a seamless sort of way so the kids were able to learn practical life lessons along with their history.

All in all, I think these books were very well done and a truly great read!

Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series {Reviews}

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