My brother actually got my daughter one of the books a few years back because he thought she would like it. She read it and definitely liked it, but now we have the entire Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series, consisting of 5 books.
The five books in the series all begin with “Rush Revere and the”. The books (in order) are Rush Revere and the:
- Brave Pilgrims
- First Patriots
- American Revolution
- Star-Spangled Banner
I was impressed with the way the books were shipped and packaged! Presentation isn’t always important, but I love they way theyclearly took care in the presentation of the shipping of the books.
They came with a beautiful ribbon around all of them. It’s amazing what a little ribbon can do!
The other thing that impressed me immediately was the quality of the paper. It is the perfect thickness (for me). And it has a semi glossy appearance. Also, the books is in full color. Each page has a tan and brown background, as if you are reading it off of old paper.
In addition to the pretty background, there are pictures in each chapter to help you and your child visualize what is going on in the story. Some of the pictures are drawing of the fictional character in the books, Rush Revere. While others are real pictures from the time period in the story.
For example, in Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, there are pictures of instrumental people of the time, the Mayflower, places of interest, letters from that time, and more.
I love that before I even dive into the books, when I flip through the pages, I’m alreaddy intrigued.
The Story (Spoiler Alert)
The tagline on each book is “Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans”. We started with Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.
This is the first book in the series, so it seemed a logical place to begin.
In this book, the story begins in the Prologue, with the reader meeting the main characters, Rush Revere and his horse, Liberty.
At the end of the Prologue, we learn that Liberty is no ordinary horse. He talks and he can open time portals. Yes, he can time travel!
Throughout the book (especially the beginning), we learn more about Liberty. (Spoiler alert) He is super smart. He can make himself invisible. Oh, and he got hit by lightening, which somehow, instead of killing him, it changed him and he is now basically a time machine. He just says, “Rush, rush, rushing through history” and he and whomever is with him will go wherever they want to go in history. Specifically, American histor. Liberty’s powers don’t allow him to go to other countries’ history.
Anyway, in chapter one Rush Revere becomes a substitute teacher for a history class. Using Liberty to travel back in time, he teaches the class American history in a more fun and unique way! Some of the students even get to go with him!
What we like
Like I mentioned before, I love the pictures in the book. I love that some of them are real, while others are of Rush Revere and Liberty.
There is humor in the book that actually made the kids laugh out loud while reading. I read the book out loud to my 9 and 13 year olds. By the fact that they sat quietly and laughed during the funny parts, I would say they liked it!
We will for sure continue on and read the other four books. It is such a fun way to learn about history!
I highly suggest you check them out.
I know I just talked about the one book. The other four are just as exciting, with Rush and Liberty traveling to different parts of history so we can learn from the mouths of the actual people of that time.Such a clever idea for a book series!!
The Patriots books is right before the American Revolution, so the students, Rush, and Liberty get to see Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, the Boston Tea Party, and more.
The American Revolution book is just what it sounds like… they are all in the thick of it in the American Revolutionary War!
Book four is the Star-Spangled Banner and they visit Washington DC and see all the monuments and capital, as well as travel back in time to see the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner!
The final book is the Presidency. They go back in time and learn about what it takes to run for office from presidents and first ladies Washington, Adams, and Jefferson.
Such a clever idea for a book series!!