In the fall our family will begin studying U.S. History so I thought the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh would be a great introduction to the beginning of our country’s story. The Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series consists of five books geared toward ages eight through twelve covering early U.S. History from the pilgrims to the Revolutionary War, with extra information covering presidents and the election process.
The Titles in the Series are:
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Rush Revere and the First Patriots
Rush Revere and the American Revolution
Rush Revere and the Star Spangled Banner
Rush Revere and the Presidency
The aim of this series is to engage students in U.S. History and get them excited about learning. It does this through interesting stories about a group of middle schoolers who travel back in time with their eccentric substitute teacher and his magic, talking, time-traveling horse. Rush Limbaugh casts himself as Rush Revere; I kind of find the images of his head on an illustrated body odd but my kids think it is funny. Rush and his horse Liberty lead their students through time traveling adventures back to early America and teach them hands-on lessons in U.S. History, as well as life lessons for dealing with some typical middle school issues along the way.
My original plan was to have my two oldest kids read these books themselves. However, my 11-year-old decided they were too simple for her and my 8-year-old daughter couldn’t seem to get into it and kept getting distracted. So I changed my approach and made it a family read aloud. This worked much better and meant my 5-year-old son was included too.
Once we got into the story with the talking horse and the time traveling my 5-year-old and 8-year-old were both engaged and loving it. I suspect my 11-year-old also ended up listening in more than she let on. These books each have 10 chapters and each chapter is just about the right length for a family read-aloud session which makes them perfect for reading that way.
You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but these are lovely hardback books with illustrated book jackets. These look great on our shelves with or without the jackets. They arrived in the mail tied up in a ribbon. It says something when a company takes care in the presentation of their material. The pages are high quality and made to look old to lend to the overall feel of the subject. Along with a few fun illustrations of the characters in the story, there are also pictures of art, documents, and artifacts of the time to help kids really understand what is being discussed. My kids loved studying these pictures.
If you want to make a unit study out of this series, or your kids are just really into it and want more, the website for the series has tons of resources to add to the reading. There is even a Homeschool Depot section with study guides, activities, scholarship opportunities, and other resources. The main website has games, challenges, a book club, and more. You can even learn more about and write to each member of the Rush Revere Crew!
The first two books have a quiz at the very end called “Liberty Asks” that you can use to test your child’s comprehension of the book. This isn’t included in the last three but as I mentioned earlier the website does include study guides with a quiz for each chapter of each book.
These books provide a fun way to introduce children to American History. They do tend to require a bit of discussion about what parts are true and what parts are fiction so I personally wouldn’t suggest using these as your main resource on the subject but they make a great supplement!
In addition to the links above you can connect to Rush Revere via:
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