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Monday, June 19, 2017

A Review of The Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series

A couple of years ago one of my kids received the first book in the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series from their grandmother. They loved it, and she gave another child the second book. One child found the third book at our favorite book store. When the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh came up on the Homeschool Review Crew my children were jumping around and begging me to review it so we could complete our set! They were gracious enough to send us a complete set of this five book series. After this review, my kids decided to give away some of the duplicates we now own so that their friends can enjoy the series as well.

My family has a love for reading historical fiction, and these books do not disappoint! This genre is a great way to get children interested in history and to help them learn events in an exciting way. My kids enjoy reading these books again and again, in fact their friends visited and recognized the books and the kids all started chatting about the series! When my kids pick one up, they are GLUED to the book and I hear occasional giggles. They even read their favorite parts to me. That's how much they love these!

Each chapter book is 200 - 240 pages long. The stories stand alone, but my kids tell me that the first one has a little more information to help the reader understand the characters. M and J read the books in about two days per story. They read everything that fast though! These books would be fun read-alouds for younger kids who aren't quite ready to read chapter books alone. M, 8th grade, says these books feel like they are under her reading level but they are not childish books, and she feels other kids her age would enjoy them as much as she does. When we were studying early American history this past year, my kids would pipe up with facts they had learned from these stories!

These books are beautiful. They have hardcovers and dust jackets. The pages are printed on a heavier glossy paper, and in full color. There are photos and artwork included in the stories so children become familiar with the fictional characters, historical events and people, and present day places

Adventures of Rush Revere

When you visit the website for the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh you will find a dozen links that children can explore. I especially liked the Homeschool Depot link which includes in the Homeschool Resources section a Study Guide, Answer Key, and activities for each book. What a great way to include these books in our history curriculum and ensure comprehension! Be sure to explore the Activity Depot, Scholarships, and Book Club - some of our other favorite sections.

From here on out, I'm turning the review over to my children. Since M (8th grade) and J (6th grade) have read these books multiple times they are the best source of information for them! My 3rd grader has started to read them and is falling in love with the series just as much as her older siblings have.

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims - Review by M

    Have you ever thought that history is boring? If you have, a certain historical fiction might change your mind. In Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, which is a thrilling adventure that easily captivates the reader’s attention; there are many exciting time travel adventures. It’s written by Rush Limbaugh. Because children weren’t as interested in history as he thought they should be, his wife, Kathryn Adams inspired him to write Rush Revere. Knowing his frustration, she suggested that he write an easy to read history book. Mr. Limbaugh also hosts the Rush Limbaugh Show. Thankfully, because of Rush Limbaugh and his exciting time traveling characters, history is not boring.
    In Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, the characters have different personalities that contribute to the story. Rush Revere is a history lover who substitute teaches at Manchester Middle school. He wears colonial clothing because he believes his students get more out of his lesson if he does. Liberty is his hilarious horse companion who is his ride into history, but quite often his ride to trouble. Because Tommy is the class clown, he also gets into trouble but not as often as Liberty. He is quite smart, once you get him to pay attention. Freedom, the quiet girl in the back row, is an animal lover, who notices thigs that others don’t. On the other hand, Elizabeth Sherman is the snobby little brat who rules Manchester Middle with her popular but rude group of cheerleaders. Continuously, she bullies others. Her father irritatingly lets her. He is the principal. This adventure begins in the present time. Traveling through time, they watch the Pilgrims as they struggle to survive beginning in September 1620 to late in the year 1621. These exciting characters have all the time in the world to use, so what should they do with it?
    The first thing Rush Revere decides to teach his class about is the pilgrims and the colonies they began. Beginning alone, he travels to Holland in September 1620 and watch the Pilgrims begin their tedious journey across the ocean. When he later takes Tommy with him, they get to meet William Bradford. After some exciting adventures on the sea, they travel home to discuss what they learned. Liberty, Tommy, and Rush Revere again travel back in time and get to witness the signing of a treaty with the Strangers, who were anxious to be off the ship. Eventually they decided they wanted to continue forward, so they traveled with Freedom to a time after the common house was built. They spoke with Bradford again. While saving a colonial boy, Liberty discovered a new power. Slowly Mr. Revere’s class begins to realize the immense importance of history.
    Sometime after the colonies began thriving, Tommy, Freedom, Rush Revere, and Liberty all traveled back in time to see a very important event. Because Freedom had skin the same color as an Indians, she agreed to pretend to be one they had been teaching. But while they were conversing with William Bradford, earsplitting, annoying, alarm bells sounded. Indians were coming! When a single Indian, who was unarmed, walked into the village, and warmly greeted them in English, the were astonished. His name, they found out, was Samoset. He later brought Squanto who later brought Chief Massasoit. Wanting to keep the uncommon peace, they all created and signed a treaty. Happily, they lived together in peace.
    Finally, the little group traveled one more time to the fall of 1621. They arrived in the new settlement, Plymouth Plantation. Arriving just in time, they got to happily enjoy the First Thanksgiving while meeting new colonists. When the Indians, who brought delicious food joined them, there was no fear. They enjoyed their company. That happy day was a time to celebrate their hard work. Throughout the day, people could hear many joyful noises and laughter in their good times.
    Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is a wonderful book that is very entertaining. Wanting to keep reading, this book will continuously make you want to keep turning the pages which are full of adventures. Although it has fiction it has truth as well. It has good morals. It proves that if you work hard you will have a happy life. Daily, as people work together, things can be done well. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is a great book that can be learned from.

The time-traveling crew

Rush Revere and the First Patriots - Review by J

    Which book has a horse that can time travel? Rush Revere and the First Patriots was written by Rush Limbaugh. In Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Rush Limbaugh was born January 12, 1951 to Mildred Carolyn and Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Jr. Limbaugh, whose father didn’t approve of it, was devotedly determined to have a career in radio. Eventually, however, he became more than that. He became a writer. Rush Revere and the First Patriots is an exciting story about a man, his horse, and a few of his students because he is a teacher. It is a historical fiction about time traveling.
    Rush Revere, who is a history teacher, has a magical horse. Its name is Liberty. He usually only wants food. Besides being able to converse with people in English, he can travel in time, become invisible, stop time, and blow bubbles with bubble gum. Tommy, Cameron (Cam), and Freedom are Mr. Revere's best students that go on adventures in time with Rush and Liberty. Cam is a new student but he is not shy because he is a joker. Because they are best friends, Tommy and Cam joke often with each other. The book starts at a football game in modern time. Surprisingly, Mr. Revere is a good football player. The lesson starts with learning about Benjamin Franklin. Then Tommy, Cam, Freedom, Mr. Revere and Liberty time travel to England to see King George. They reached England 1765. They found King George and asked him why he was making unfair laws. Liking his own power, he wouldn’t listen.
    They had talked to King George, who was making unfair laws. Persuasively, they had talked to him about why he was making life extremely hard for the colonists. They went home. As soon as they got back to the 21st century, they conversed about what they should do. After discussing their plan Mr. Revere, Liberty, Cam and Tommy decided to travel to 1773, go to the Boston Tea Party and dump tea into the Boston harbor. This dangerous task would not be easy.
    When they arrived, they boarded the Dartmouth, one of the three ships which was loaded with crates of tea. Daringly, some "Indians" were already bursting open crates with their hatchets. Loaded also, there were two other ships, the Eleanor and the Beaver. Within a few hours, the Boston harbor was a teapot. There were 342 wasted chests of tea floating as harmlessly as leaves in the water. Everyone knew King George would be furious. He was.
    This page-turning book is very humorous, exciting, and fun. Limbaugh is a great writer. Predictably, the most exciting part is when they board the Dartmouth to daringly dump tea into the harbor. Instead of just reading a book, it helps the students understand history better. Rush Revere and the First Patriots is a very educational and fun book.

Rush Revere and the American Revolution - Summary by M

    Rush Revere and the American Revolution is a great historical fiction. In it, Cam is having a hard time with a bully at the military base where he lives. He was challenged to a game of dodge-ball with high stakes. Cam asked his friends Tommy and Freedom to help him. Rush Revere and Liberty decide to take them to meet famous people in history. They traveled in time and learned about strategy. They talked to important people from the American Revolution like Paul Revere, George Washington, John Adams, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Doctor Warren, and Henry Knox. They witnessed the Battle of Concord and learned about the Declaration of Independence. When the time came for the game, Cam’s team won! Although this book is a historical fiction, it is easy to tell where it is fiction and were it is not. Rush Revere and the American Revolution is a great book.

Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner - Summary by J

    Rush Revere, Tommy, and Liberty time traveled to Fort Mchenry at the war of 1812. On September 13 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner. All of the Americans wanted to win the war. But the morning after the war, they looked at the far away flagpole. To their disbelief, they saw the British flag hanging limply on the pole. The British ships were still on the harbor. But as they looked closer, they saw stars on the flag. The British flag did not have stars. The American flag was still flying! The British ships were sailing away!

Adventures of Rush Revere

Rush Revere and the Presidency - Summary by M and J

    Cameron has decided to run for student body president at Manchester Middle School. He wanted to learn about being a good president, so he and his friends traveled to meet President George Washington after his two terms ended. He learned that George Washingtom listened to the people, so they wanted him as president. Cam wrote everything down in a notebook. But then it disappeared! He saw his opponent Elizabeth Sherman with it. At the election, Elizabeth shared some of Cam's ideas from the notebook as her own! Then, after the adults found the notebook and returned it, Cam shared the rest of his ideas. He won the election because of what he learned from George Washington.

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