Title: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Author: Rush Limbaugh
Series: Adventures of Rush Revere, #1
Genre: Fiction – children, history
Number of Pages: 225
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Rush Revere and his time-traveling horse visit monumental events in American history and learn about the people, places, and events of the past. In this book, Rush Revere travels to the time of the Pilgrims. He joins them on their journey to the New World, and he attends the First Thanksgiving. He meets people such as William Bradford, Myles Standish, Squanto, and Samoset.
This book was good, but not great.
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is a book I would have given two stars for quality, but I awarded a third star for three reasons:
- The book is educational, and I like that Limbaugh is trying to educate children about history.
- I enjoyed some parts of it, and I think children would especially enjoy it.
- I agree with its message and worldview.
Let’s look at the message and the quality.
Limbaugh’s heart is in the right place with this book. He hopes to inform children about history in a fun and entertaining way.
Rush Revere brings history to life by portraying characters who travel back in time, witness historical events, and meet historical figures. As they learn about history, the characters dispel commonly believed myths and inaccuracies.
The history in this book is basic, but good for children.
Unfortunately, the quality of Rush Revere was mediocre.
Rush Revere has its strengths, of course. For one, the humorous scenes were great. But the book also has its drawbacks:
A plot there was not, except for a loose one in the historical timeline. Rush travels to times in history and experiences parts of the Pilgrims’ story along the way. Other than that, there is no plot.
The message is good, but heavy-handed. Characters stop for asides to discuss and explain the history. Yes, you learn a lot from it, but I wonder if some kids might be a little bored with the slow story.
Other minor flaws include corniness, inconsistencies, a contrived feeling, and historical characters who seem unrealistic.
Despite poor writing, the great educational quality of the book makes it worth reading.
Young children will like Rush Revere. Families might especially enjoy reading it aloud.
Oftentimes books in a series improve after the first one. I plan on reading the next book in the Rush Revere series to see if it’s better.
I recommend this to:
- Families, to read aloud.
• “Your freedom to choose as you please is becoming troublesome!”
Liberty calmly replied, “You’re sounding an awful lot like King James.”
• Explaining the impossible is never easy, but I tried my best.
• “In 1775 Alexander Cummings invented the flushing toilet.”
• “We must go on despite the hardships. If we give up now, we will never know what land is ahead.”
• “All I heard was blah, blah, blah, get a quick bite to eat, blah, blah, blah,” said Liberty. “Was there anything else important?”