A Book Review:
The Further Adventures of Rush Revere Series
by Rush Limbaugh
I will readily admit that I am NOT a fan of Rush Limbaugh. I’m not exactly sure why, although it probably has something to do with the fact that from 12noon until 3pm each weekday, his radio talk show was the ONLY thing allowed to play on our radio when I was growing up. It didn’t matter if we were at home, in the car, on a trip…my mom WOULD find Rush’s program and NO ONE was allowed to change the station. In fact, this is still true TODAY!
I will also admit that I’m not a fan of history. I know, I know. As a (former) teacher, I should realize the importance of history and how it relates to our lives today, but it’s just not for me.
So when my mom bought my 7 month old son a series of history books by Rush Limbaugh, they found their home in the corner of his closet (sorry, Mom), forgotten and alone. Well, that was the case until Christmas break when we were rearranging items in the house, including Bubba’s closet. He found this boxed set of books and was immediately intrigued. I held him off from reading them with the excuse of finishing the series we had been reading, but secretly, I just didn’t want to read them.
I regret that now.
This is an AMAZING series that has sparked my son’s love for American history and mine as well. Rush Limbaugh’s writing is historically accurate, holds the reader’s attention, and shows us how knowledge of history can be used to solve everyday problems in our lives. There are five books in this series, although I wish there were more!!
The main characters stay the same throughout the series. Rush Revere is a substitute history teacher with a unique time-traveling horse who can travel back in time to places in American history and who loves to eat!! Four of Mr. Revere’s students time-travel with him while learning about history from famous Americans “first hand” while using these lessons to apply to their lives.
In Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, the crew travels back in time to the Mayflower in 1620 where they meet the Pilgrims as they bravely journey to the New World in search of religious freedom. You learn about the difficulties of traveling on the ship and setting up a new colony in an unknown land. It’s fascinating to learn how they developed their system of government and celebrated the first Thanksgiving.
In Rush Revere and the First Patriots, the crew goes to Boston in 1765 and meet famous patriots like Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere and others as they defy the British rule and spark a revolution as the students learn how to handle a bully in their class.
In Rush Revere and the American Revolution, the crew learns strategies for defeating bigger enemies by talking with Paul Revere and other Patriots as they convey their strategy to defeat the British using the Old North Church bell tower. You ride along with Paul Revere to Lexington and witness the battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill. All of this while formulating a plan for winning a dodgeball game!
In Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner, the crew meets friends like James Madison as he writes the Constitution and learn about all of the debate and turmoil that went into establishing our current system of government. You visit with Francis Scott Key and learn the story behind the writing our nation anthem. When you’re back in modern day, you learn about the different parts of Washington, DC.
In Rush Revere and the Presidency, one of the students is running for Student Body President and learns from the first Presidents of our country what it means to be a president, the importance of the position, and how to run a campaign.
These books are truly inspiring and have shown me the importance of knowing the true details of history so I can apply them to my life. They have sparked an interest in American history for my son! Well done, Rush Limbaugh!
*This is an independent book review. I have not been paid or otherwise compensated for my individual opinions.**