Rush Revere and the First Patriots: In Book Two, Rush Revere and Liberty take their students to the events leading up to the American Revolution. They meet Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, King George III, and others. The “Rush Revere Crew” learn about the reasons why the American people decided to fight for their freedom and even participate in the Boston Tea Party!
Rush Revere and the American Revolution: In Book Three, the Rush Revere Crew travels to the American Revolution. They assist Paul Revere in his “Midnight Ride” and meet many of the heroes of the Revolution including John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.
Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner: In Book Four, the Crew goes to Washington DC and back in time to witness the writing of the national anthem. While there, they learn about the U.S. Constitution and the three branches of government.
Rush Revere and the Presidency: In Book Five, the Crew learns about the early American Presidents, elections, and how to be a leader. They visit George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and their First Ladies.
While each book picks up where the last one ended, each book stands alone and could be read separately.
The Rush Revere website also has bonus lesson plans for both schools and homeschoolers, as well as activities, quizzes and games for students.
How We Learned American History with Rush Revere
Since Monkey is not reading independently yet, we enjoyed this book series as a family read aloud. This was one of our first ventures into longer chapter books, so we had a bit of growing pains while trying to figure out how long each session could last. Each book contains engaging illustrations and reproductions of historical documents and artwork every few pages, so that helped keep the boys engaged.
During the review period, we were able to read the first three books and we have started book four. We found that what worked best for us was a mix of me reading to the boys and listening to the audio book version (which we were able to find at our public library). While listening to the audiobook (read by Rush Limbaugh), we followed along with our copy of the physical book so we could look at the illustrations.
A couple things to watch out for, there is one character, the “mean girl” Elizabeth, who is extremely rude and disrespectful. Especially in book two, I felt this behavior is a bit over the top and Rush Revere’s responses and internal dialogue in reaction to Elizabeth are not handled in an “adult” manner. We had to pause and have a discussion about what the appropriate responses should be.
Also, if you have kid like mine, you will likely have a discussion about the logistics of time travel and how the Rush Revere Crew’s actions while in the past would change history. Monkey had a hard time with some of the story being “real” while some of it was “pretend.”
Monkey’s thoughts about the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series: “I totally liked these books! My favorite character was Liberty the time traveling horse. Other kids should definitely read these books, they will like them! Rush, rush, rushing into history!”
These books were so much fun to read! It was a great way to introduce the boys to American history. Even my husband and I learned new information about our Country’s establishment. The mix of excitement and humor is perfect for introducing early elementary age students to American history. By bringing historical figures to life, Monkey was able to connect with them in a much more personal way and has begun to develop a love for history and desire to learn more. I am certain that these books will be re-read many times!
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