We have spent the entire school year reading great books about the American Revolution. Living in North Eastern North Carolina/South Eastern Virginia makes this a great place to spend lots of time in this period of history. I really thought we would be moving on in history this summer, but we had the opportunity to review a book series. So we jumped back a little to the Pilgrims and then back to the American Revolution. Our reading will hopefully start taking us west soon.
I have to say I was more than skeptical when I saw that Rush Limbaugh had a book series. I’m not saying I’m not a fan of his, but I don’t always like his approach. So when I saw this set of books with his face plastered on a character on the front cover I really had my doubts that this was going to be good.
I wanted to be objective and review these books, thinking there was a small chance that they were actually good. Well….. I can honestly say that we have LOVED them! These have completely captured the attention of my son David (age 11). He enjoys history, but sometimes it gets a little dull. These books go into great detail to show history’s events, places and people, but they include a time traveling horse that can become invisible. Yep, you read that right! It’s funny and captivating and it’s about history!
The character, Rush Revere comes to a school as a substitute history teacher. He’s no ordinary teacher. He actually time travels with his horse Liberty andsometimes uses his smart phone to record a video that plays back in his class room. These kids are getting to see history as it happens. Some of them do get wise to what is actually going on and get to come with him. The great thing about time travel is that you come back just a few minutes after you left, according to the people back here in the present. So he’s not leaving for very long.
The horse named Liberty was actually a horse from the American Revolutionary period. Something happened and he was sent to our present and he found by Rush Revere who was dressed as Paul Revere. I know is sounds super quirky, but David LOVES it! He even bribed his little brother with his ipod so I would keep reading to him.
The first book is about the Pilgrims voyage on the Mayflower. They time travel to Holland before they set out, then to England when they set sail on the Mayflower with the Puritans. They stay on the boat for a while and witness the good, the bad and the ugly of the 65 day trip to the New World. They get to know Myles Standish and William Bradford and witness the signing of the Mayflower compact.
This is just the first book! There are 5 in this series. Here are all the books in the series:
- 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
I love this comical but informative journey through history! We are working our way through these books this summer and David is very hopeful that:
- There will be more books in the series
- There will be movies made from these books.
You can find Rush Revere on these social media sites:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rushrevere Tag: @rushrevere
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/rushrevere Tag: @rushrevere
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSFc9ZP_GpWdARuKAl08Wdw
Many other families on the Homeschool Review Crew also had the opportunity to review these books. Click on the link below to see what they thought of them.