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Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series Review

My kids get excited about reading great books!  They were thrilled when we were recently asked to review Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh.

American History comes to life in  Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series where a fictional history teacher named Rush Revere takes middle school kids on a journey back in time to explore true and exciting events about the foundation of the United States of America.

Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series

5 Hardback Books

  • Rush Revere and the Pilgrims
  • Rush Revere and the First Patriots
  • Rush Revere and the American Revolution
  • Rush Revere and the Star Spangled Banner
  • Rush Revere and the American President

Illustrated: real photos of historical documents, famous people, events, and locations, as well as fictional illustrations of Rush Revere, his horse and students.

Available in English (Rush Revere and the Pilgrims is also available in Spanish).

Recommended for ages 8-12, but older students, and even the entire family, will enjoy these books too.

We received all five books in the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series for this review.

In each book in this series, fictional History Teacher Rush Revere travels through time to the past to share the true and exciting events that helped to shape the United States of America.

Even though the teacher and his talking horse, the students, and time travel are fictional, the rest of the historical events in these stories are true.  Some of the illustrations are of the fictional characters, however many of the photos are of actual real people, real documents, actual locations where events took place, and you can still go visit many of these locations today.

Book 1: Rush Revere and the Pilgrims

This story begins on the ship traveling to America called the Mayflower.  The story follows the Pilgrims through their first winter in the New World. American History Teacher Rush Revere time-travels to the past with two students to see American history first-hand.  In this book kids learn about building forts, sword fights, explorations, and learn about people like Squanto and William Bradford.  Kids will also learn about the first Thanksgiving.  Featured in the book are full color illustrations and original documents from this time in history.

After reading this book, your kids will want to keep reading all of the books in the series. In this book kids are introduced to Rush Revere who is an American History Teacher.  Rush Revere is assisted on his journeys with a talking horse named Liberty.  Together they discuss facts of history and take kids on fascinating journeys to the past to see various events unfold.  This this time-travel theme continues through each of the books in the series.

Book 2: Rush Revere and the First Patriots

In this book kids learn about the First Patriots including exceptional Americans such as Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry.  They also learn about struggles with King George III from Great Britain.  This book is filled with illustrations and documents that bring this time in history to life.

I was surprised to learn a few of the details in this book were different or left out of my studies when I was growing up.  For example, I didn’t know that the symbol of America was a female rattle snake.  I thought the first symbol was an eagle.  But the rattle snake, eagle, and pine tree were the first symbols of our nation.  The first flag that represented separation from England included thirteen stripes and a rattle snake, not stars. I had always been taught about the stars, but not taught about the snake.

We were inspired by this book to look up a few details for further study about the snake symbol that came to represent the “American spirit” during the Revolution against England.  On Wikipedia I found the serpent drawing (mentioned in the book) that Ben Franklin used in his news paper with the phrase “join or die” that inspired the 13 colonies to become organized against the attacks from French and the American Indians, and a few years later helped them become united and fight back against the King of England because of unfair treatment.

by Ben Franklin (image source Wikipedia)

Then I found out that the serpent symbol continued to represent the American people.  The rattlesnake became the symbol for America and was used on the first American Flags.  The serpent symbol inspired the yellow flag with phrase “don’t tread on me” that is considered one of the first American flags and is still used as a symbol of patriotism today.

1775 Flag (image source Wikipedia)

We also found another serpent inspired flag called the serpent and stripes, that is still in use today.  This is one of first flags of America and is still flown on navy ships.

1776 First Naval Jack Flag (image source Wikipedia)

Before reading Rush Revere and the First Patriots, I had never heard of the serpent symbol representing the US, but after doing a little research I have learned it has been in continuous use for 266 +/- years since Ben Franklin began using this idea to help the colonists become organized to fight back against any oppressors both foreign and domestic.

Book 3: Rush Revere and the American Revolution

This book focuses on the life of the son of a soldier.  His father is deployed overseas.  His mother is worried about the affects this is having on her son. Eventually the boy learns why freedom is so important and to value the sacrifice his dad is making for him and the future of the country. In this book you learn about Dr. Joseph Warren, John Hancock, and George Washington in addition and learn even more about the journey for freedom in American history.

Book 4: Rush Revere and the Star Spangled Banner

In this book, kids read about national landmarks including the Washington Monument, the White House, and American government.  They learn about the writing of the national anthem, Dolley Madison, pickle barrels, museum guards, Redcoats, American patriotism and more. Included are full color illustrations, photos, and historical documents.

Book 5:  Rush Revere and the American President

In this book kids learn about the American elections, American leadership and the early presidents, vice presidents, first ladies, Washington, Adams and Jefferson. They also follow along as one of the kids in the story runs for student-body president and learn what skills are required to be successful and the value of serving others.  Full color illustrations, photos, and historical documents related to this time in history is included.

Rush Revere Activities

In addition the history books, the Adventures of Rush Revere website offers kids an opportunity to expand on their learning.  They can join a book club, enter contests, complete activities, and learn even more.  They offer a few fun online games and activities, and additional resources.  You can also read about the author and additional information that inspired the characters.  In the Homeschool Depot (also the Education Depot), there are student study guides that go along with the books and additional resources for teachers.

My sons are enjoying reading these books and learning about American History.  In addition to reading at home, they have also taken them in the van to read on long drives.  Giving kids a book to read while you take a drive is a great way to get them to sit still and read, especially for boys because they always seem to have tons of energy and don’t always want to sit still. These books are so interesting that my kids wanted to sit still, read, and couldn’t wait to find out what happens next.

I am looking forward to re-reading these books again with all of my kids, and using the study guides and activities as unit studies for our American History this fall.  I would definitely recommend these books to everyone!

Perhaps by reading this book series, you and your family will be inspired to visit some of these locations, or do more explorations and learning adventures to learn more about the events, people, and places that helped to shape our country.

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Heroes Of History: Billy Graham Review

Are you hungry for true stories about real heroes?  Then you and your children might like the Heroes of History book series and Unit Study Curriculum Guides by YWAM Publishing.

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The Heroes of History series contains approximately 20 volumes of fascinating history of real life heroes. Some of the great men and women covered in these books includes the lives of: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, Christopher Columbus, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Ben Carson, Laura Ingles Wilder, etc.

Heroes Of History

Heroes of History are ordinary men and women (many who faced poverty and disadvantages in their youth), who over came challenging circumstances and changed the course of American History.

Heroes Of History

Billy Graham

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Paperback Book

208 pages

Ages 10+

Retails for $9.99 and is on sale for $7.50

This book covers the story of Billy Grahams Life including his youth, his acceptance of Christ as his savior, his family, and life long ministry as a world wide evangelist.

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Unit Study Guide Cover

Unit Study Curriculum Guide

PDF e-Book

Retails for $9.99 and on sale for $7.49

This unit study guide corresponds with the paperback book.  It provides structured questions, vocabulary words, and activities for each chapter to help the student dig deeper into the story. It also contains the answer key and a few printables such as maps, a timeline, and a fact sheet about his life.

Unit Study Table of Contents

Unit Study Table of Contents

How We Used This Product In Our Home

We were sent the Heroes Of History paperback book and the corresponding Unit Study Curriculum Guide to review in our home.  This curriculum is filled with fascinating stories about Billy Graham’s life.  He is considered “America’s Pastor” and is loved by millions of people in America and around the world.

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Billy Graham (source Unit Study Guide)

There are so many details from his life that you just have to read the book for yourself to grasp the big picture, but I think this sums up this amazing journey: Billy grew up on a dairy farm in North Carolina.  God took him on a life long journey from those humble beginnings to become an evangelist who has preached in 185 countries reaching over 200 million people with the message about Jesus Christ and eternal salvation.  It is amazing how God used a farm boy in an amazing way to expand his Kingdom.

My children are enjoying learning about Billy Graham’s adventures growing up and his life working for the Kingdom.  The story starts our when he is about 12 years of age and goes through many of his memories growing up and my son was hooked to read about his boyhood.


The unit study guide contained about 5 printables (located in section 2) and the rest was of the guide (section 1) was structured questions about each chapter in the book and a few activity ideas.  We liked a couple of activity ideas in the guide such as creating an itinerary for Billy Graham’s Travels and computing costs for airfare and travel etc.  And an idea to watch one of his speeches from the 1960’s and compare it to a speech from the 1990’s for example and see any changes in his presentation of his message.  Also an idea to learn one of his speeches and then repeat it yourself as a speech was a cool idea.  But otherwise, the guide really needs some tweaking and some fun activities added for kids.  So my suggestion to other families would be to come up with your own activity ideas to make this part of the learning fun.

Fact sheet from unit study guide.

Fact sheet from unit study guide.

My Personal Experience with Billy Graham

When I was about 13 years old, I went to a Billy Graham crusade in Kansas City, KS.  It was life changing for me.  I dedicated my whole heart to Jesus that night.  I sat on the edge of my seat in a huge stadium filled with people and knew Mr. Graham was speaking just to me.  I had given my heart to the Lord when I was 8 and was baptized with water at the Open Door Baptist Church.  When I was about 11, my father’s church felt I needed re-baptized “into” their church, the Church of Christ.  Not much changed for me at that time, other than earnestly seeking God as my home life was not so great.   But when I was 13, and sincerely seeking God for answers in my life, I met a man who had the answers.  His name was Billy Graham.  He had a confidence and an assurance of who God is that I had never seen or heard in any man.  That night I went forward at the Billy Graham Crusade and dedicated my whole heart to the Lord, I was filled with a fire for God.  A passion.   It was life changing for me and I never doubted my salvation or God’s love and his hand on my life ever since.  He has guided me and held me close and watched over me and I love him more than life itself.

I know there are millions of people like myself that God placed Billy Graham in our path.  He has been a blessing to me.  When we lived in North Carolina, we lived about 40 minutes from Mr. Graham’s campus near Asheville, NC.    If you are ever in the area, I encourage you to go and visit the museum and campus.  His son carries on the ministry’s vision today and runs a world wide outreach that is the hands and feet of Jesus meeting the real needs of people called Samaritans Purse.   If you are looking for a ministry to pray for, financially support, or volunteer with, please put this one at the top of your list!

Thank you Mr. Graham for your obedience and dedication to obey Jesus and share the message of the Kingdom of God with me.

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