We’ve had the pleasure to review the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh over the last few weeks, and the entire family has gotten involved! We received all five books in the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series and even my husband got in on reading in them. These are (American) historical fiction, and do involve both talking animals and time travel, and we’ve really been enjoying them!
Each book is its own story line. There’s a talking horse named Liberty, and the horse belongs to a middle school history teacher – Rush Revere himself. (There are rumors that he’s related to the famous Paul Revere, but nothing has been confirmed.) This talking horse can time travel – my husband (who started with book 2) thought it was Rush himself who opens the portal, but after some detective work and asking all three of my kids, I discovered that it is, indeed, the horse who does the time traveling.
The website provides a great synopsis of each book, and also there’s a Homeschool Depot where you can find free study guides for each book! The study guides include a teacher summary of EACH CHAPTER. For a mom like me, who can’t always read before my kids or as my kids read a book, that’s so great! I really appreciate that!
Book 1 – Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is the story of traveling on the Mayflower, establishment of the Plymouth Colony, and the first Thanksgiving. We meet people like William Bradford, Samoset, Stephen Hopkins, and Squanto, and explore historical occurrances like the Mayflower Compact.
Book 2 – Rush Revere and the First Patriots is the story of the American Revolution. My husband said it largely revolves around the implementation of the Stamp Act and the events leading up to the Revolution itself. The main historical plot is accompanied by a fictional plot involving Rush as teacher at the middle school.
Book 3 – Rush Revere and the American Revolution is largely about the midnight ride of Paul Revere, and Rush tries a student become more of who he is by becoming a father figure for him. We meet Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Prescott, and observe not only the midnight ride but also the Battle at Lexington.
Book 4 – Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner isn’t only about this famous song but also covers the debate over the Constitution and Bill of Rights as well as the fire where Dolley Madison saved the famous painting from the White House.
Book 5 – Rush Revere and the Presidency covers the first several years of our nation’s history, including the Presidencies of our first three presidents and the decision by Washington to limit terms and avoid ending up with a king. Spend time even with some of Washington’s adpoted grandkids!
Hubby says he’s project these books being on about a 4th grade to 6th grade level; I think the interest level extends a little beyond that. My 8th grader enjoys both history and reading and is really liking the books, and even my 18 year old has enjoyed them. In fact, even hubby enjoyed his book too, but says he probably won’t read the rest of the series. (He finds the talking horse a little out of place… he’s probably too MUCH of a history buff for such “nonsense” to be up his alley.)
Hubby says that he felt like an underlying theme of the book he read was, “the problem with America is that people need to go out and get jobs.” Neither of my teens detected an underlying theme (no surprise there). While he was really looking forward to these books, and he did enjoy the one he read, my husband was a little disappointed. He thought that it was a bit difficult to keep up with what was fiction and what was historical, and that there was too much jumping back and forth in time.
But, with those nit-picky exceptions, we’ve enjoyed these books and I like the study guides online. They aren’t too difficult for my study-guide-shy middle schoolers yet they do require some thought in places. They include questions from both the fictional story (comprehension) and from history (knowledge retention). I’m excited to have the whole series and I do hope they continue with several more! A homeschooled reader’s dream!