American history comes to life with the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series from Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh. When I saw the opportunity to review these books, I had to have them to add to our family library. I have been a fan of Rush Limbaugh’s talk show for years. So I knew our family would love these books.
Rush Limbaugh and his wife Kathryn Adams Limbaugh have written an amazing set of books that pull the reader into events from America’s past. The stories are intriguing and pull the reader both into the current time period as well as major events from our history. These books portray the true Christian background of our country. With the combination of the present and the past, these stories have a definite dramatic flair that lends to being read out loud. Every time I read a portion of these books to family members, the books enthralled our family. The books provide laughter, humor, suspense, and all kinds of other emotions.
When the books arrived, they came wrapped in a beautiful ribbon tied in a bow. So I had to get a picture with the ribbon. The covers have amazing colors and details. The paper inside makes the reader feel as though they have gone back in time. These books contain amazing photographs, charts, maps and depictions of great events from history. There are five books in the set. Each one investigates important people, places, and events in American history.
I planned on reading the books first and then having our children read them or possibly reading the books aloud as a family. So as soon as the books arrived, I jumped right into reading the first book. “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims” starts with the story of Rush Revere and his talking horse, Liberty. Rush Revere serves as a substitute teacher at Manchester Middle School. The story opens with Rush and Liberty aboard the Mayflower. The story chronicles the events of the Pilgrims and Strangers on the Mayflower along with the crew responsible for getting them to their new home. Myles Standish, William Bradford, William Brewster along with Squanto and Samoset are some of the important people mentioned from history. This story includes traveling on the Mayflower right up to the First Thanksgiving. Tommy and Freedom enjoy traveling with Rush Revere throughout time.
The second book is “Rush Revere and the First Patriots”. This book includes Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, and even Paul Revere. This story begins with the most unfortunate incident of Liberty bringing Benjamin Franklin to the present. The idea of actually getting to talk to these fathers of the United States of America brings wonder and amazement. Unfortunately, we have only gotten about half way through this story. But we are enjoying it as much as the first book. One of the key parts of this story is the introduction of a new character named Cam, who becomes a good friend to Tommy and also participates in the group’s time travels.
The third book in the series is “Rush Revere and the American Revolution”. This book begins in the year 1775 and examines the time of the American Revolution. So famous individuals like Dr. Joseph Warren and George Washington play an important part in the story. In the present, Cam’s father is serving in Afganistan and Cam is relatively angry about the situation. As the wife of a soldier, I can relate to Cam and his father, especially since we have other family members and friends who have served in the military overseas. The story also includes the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The fourth book in the series is “Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner”. In this book, our group from the future is “Rush Rush Rushing” to the year 1787, Our time-traveling crew causes a major incident at the National Archives before traveling to the past. I am really looking forward to reading this story.
The final book in the series is “Rush Revere and the American Presidency”. This book includes on of the time-traveling students deciding to run for school president. So Rush Revere and Liberty take the students back to the start of the United States of America. So it deals a lot with George Washington as the first president and the difficult decisions and issues the country faced in those initial days.
These books do an amazing job of making the reader actually feel he or she is present at the time of the events being described. At the end of some stories, a list of discussion questions can be found.
These are books that should be shared and make excellent books to be read aloud. Another option is to buy them as audiobooks to listen to on long distance travels or for students who better hearing stories instead of reading them. By visiting the website for Rush Revere, a variety of resources including specific ones for homeschoolers can be found. Another section of the website I really liked is the section entitled Revere Riders, which includes a history of how the series began, book summaries, scholarships and even wallpapers that can be downloaded.
Our family definitely recommends this series. If you would like to read other reviews from other members of the Homeschool Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.