Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

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HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans
Author: Rush Limbaugh
Illustrator: Chris Hiers
Publisher: Threshold Editions, 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1476755861
ISBN-10: 1476755868
Related websites: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com (author), http://www.SimonandSchuster.com (publisher)
Language level: 1 (the euphemistic “golly” is used once)
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 8-12
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
Disclosure: Any books donated for review purposes are in turn donated to a library. No other compensation has been received for the reviews posted on Home School Book Review.
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Limbaugh, Rush. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans (published in 2013 by Threshold Editions, a division of Simon and Schuster, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, NY 10020). Rush Revere is a young history teacher who is subbing at Manchester Middle School and has a unique way of presenting history using a horse named Liberty who can talk and also travel back in time. Rush and Liberty, along with a couple of students, a boy named Tommy and a girl named Freedom, go back to the time of the Pilgrims while Rush records everything on his cell phone camera and broadcasts it back to the class. Beware—the left HATES this book. It makes them so mad they can’t see straight. I read through a lot of the hate reviews where people kept calling it propaganda. Well, isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black? Everything that “progressives” write is nothing but pure propaganda for their opposition to American exceptionalism. You could just feel all the love and tolerance which the left so loudly promotes just oozing out of those reviews (hint: I’m being very sarcastic). For example, someone wrote, “A talking horse–how Christian is that?” One objecting person said, “Teaching our kids about ALL history is a must!” What this usually means is presenting a “warts and all” approach. Yes, America isn’t perfect and there may be a time and place for learning that, but not necessarily for young children. They need to see first what is good, noble, and true in our nation’s history.

So many of these reviewers talked about all the historical inaccuracies in the book, but practically all of these supposed inaccuracies mentioned were the result of either misunderstandings or the fact that Rush’s conclusions don’t match with the left’s “anti-dead, white, European male,” blame America first philosophy. It’s as if these left-wingers received their marching orders, and maybe even promised some pay, to go write negative reviews whether they had actually read the book or not. Here are some examples. “Also downplayed, the pilgrims would have died if it hadn’t been for the Native Americans teaching from how to farm. It seems to me that diversity and collaboration is what saved the colony from being another failure.” Of course, “diversity” is a buzzword that can mean about anything people want, but this charge is patently false because Rush plainly mentions the help which Samoset, Squanto, and Massasoit gave the Pilgrims, and even specifically includes Squanto among the “exceptional people…who left such as mark on American history.” One person objected to Rush Revere’s Revolutionary era dress when going back to the time of the Pilgrims. Anyone who had really read the first chapter would know why (hint: it has something to do with his name).

Regarding the claim that the message of the book is that “Socialism failed,” another said, “We must forget the fact that socialism, as a political concept, wasn’t developed until about 200 years after the voyage of the mayflower. That would be putting facts in the way of history.” That’s like saying that since the word “dinosaur” wasn’t invented until 1841 by Richard Owen there couldn’t have been any dinosaurs before that. Socialistic ideas have existed for thousands of years. In fact, another critical review admitted, “Communal ownership was a failure, and that is made very clear. What is not made clear is that communal ownership was imposed on the pilgrims by their investors.” That was a form of socialism! Yet another complaint. “In the author’s note, Limbaugh goes on about how the United States is exceptional because of a founding principal that every person is free. He cannot, therefore, admit that slavery happened here…For parents who gave his book starred review, did you discuss that omission with your children?” Wait a minute! We’re talking about the Pilgrims here; they didn’t have any slaves. Finally, someone said, “The writer tries too hard to be ‘hip’ with kids throughout especially with all the puking. Not sure who’s paying all these folks to write good reviews.” Well, the book is intended to draw young people in to learning about history and so is written in a way to appeal to that age group. I would probably have done it differently, but anyone who could promote Harry Potter or the Wimpy Kid books should have no problem with the “hipness” of Rush Revere. In short, I liked it. Yes, there are some inside jokes about Limbaugh’s tea company, but come off your high horse, lighten up a little, and enjoy the ride.

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3 Responses to Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

  1. Seventh Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Winners Announced During the 95th Annual Children’s Book Week
    MAY 14, 2014

    Over 1,261,000 Votes Cast by Kids & Teens
    New York, NY — May 14, 2014 – The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader announced the winners of the seventh annual Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBA) at a charity gala benefitting Every Child a Reader in New York City this evening. The announcement is an annual highlight of Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2014) as the Children’s Choice Book Awards is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by kids and teens. Young readers across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at ccbookawards.com, casting more than 1,261,000 votes.

    The 2014 Children’s Choice Book Awards winners are:
    AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
    Rush Limbaugh, Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans (Threshold Editions/Simon & Schuster)

    http://www.cbcbooks.org/seventh-annual-childrens-choice-book-awards-winners-announced-during-the-95th-annual-childrens-book-week/#.U3U0ptJdWSo

  2. Rush Limbaugh wins children’s book ‘author of the year’ despite libs’ protest
    (BIZ PAC REVIEW) Rush Limbaugh was awarded “Author of the Year” by the Children’s Book Council on Wednesday, despite early protests of his candidacy.
    The announcement was made in New York City at the seventh annual Children’s Choice Book Awards gala, which benefitted the Every Child a Reader charity.
    When Limbaugh was named among the contestants for the 2014 Children’s and Teen Choice Book contest, outraged liberals demanded he be removed from contention. But the book council refused.
    The Children’s Book Council described the award on its website, saying:
    “The Children’s Choice Book Awards is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by kids and teens. Young readers across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at ccbookawards.com, casting more than 1,261,000 votes.”
    Limbaugh received the award for last year’s book, “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans.” His recently released sequel, “Rush Revere and the First Patriots,” has seen tremendous success.

    http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/05/15/rush-limbaugh-wins-childrens-book-author-of-the-year-despite-libs-protest-118980

  3. Limbaugh Wins Children’s Book Award; Lefties Go Nuts
    By Bobby Eberle May 16, 2014

    When everything goes according to their grand plan, those on the left are just as happy as they can be. If you go along with their ideas, if you accept their version of what is “normal,” if you push patriotism aside but “embrace diversity,” then all is good. But when Americans do something that doesn’t fit the mold, they go nuts. Just look at the press Rush Limbaugh has received for winning a prestigious children’s book award.

    Whether you knew it or not, conservative radio talkshow host Rush Limbaugh authored a children’s book titled: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans. The book rose to the top of best-seller lists, and it garnered Limbaugh a nomination as “Author of the Year” from Children’s Choice Book Awards.

    Other nominees included Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck; Rick Riordan, The House of Hades; Veronica Roth, Allegiant; and Rachel Renee Russell, Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker.

    And the winner is…. Rush Limbaugh. That’s right. Limbaugh’s book was the winner, and when you look at the press this received one can easily tell that the left-wing “journalists” were beside themselves.

    The Associated Press story on the award announcement started with a simple declaration: “Rush Limbaugh has won a children’s book prize designed to be chosen by kids themselves.” But the very next sentence already calls into question whether there was some funny business going on: “But that doesn’t mean all of his voters were young people.”

    The next paragraph of the report lists Limbaugh’s competition and adds, “a book that landed high on the best-seller lists of Amazon.com and other outlets despite limited mainstream coverage.” Hmmmm… despite limited mainstream coverage? As if a book needs the left’s blessing by the so-called “mainstream” media?

    The report then asserts that even though the award is supposed to be determined through online votes of children, “adults could easily vote and vote multiple times, a problem not uncommon for Internet competitions.”

    The AP reporter interviewed Robin Adelson, who is the executive director of the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, nonprofit organizations that co-founded the awards seven years ago.

    “It’s not as if he received millions of votes and everybody else and received 10,” she said. “It was far, far closer.”

    Adelson said total votes this year only increased modestly, from 1.1 million to 1.2 million, and added that voting has generally gone up each year. She emphasized the awards have no mission beyond encouraging kids to read.

    So, even though Adelson dismissed any kind of idea of cheating, the story is designed to make readers think that cheating is exactly what happened. How else could Rush Limbaugh win the award?

    An NPR posting about Limbaugh’s win, begins with: “Although the book has never been a critical favorite — one review accused it of “disdain for even the most rudimentary standards of storytelling” — it has been an enormous commercial success.” The posting also cited that there were “concerns” about the list of finalists.

    It’s no wonder that conservatives have a hard time reaching Americans outside of talk radio and Fox News. Even something that has nothing to do with Washington politics — in this case, a children’s book award — must be attacked simply because the author is conservative. I guess it doesn’t matter that children love the book!

    http://www.gopusa.com/theloft/2014/05/16/limbaugh-wins-childrens-book-award-lefties-go-nuts-2/?subscriber=1

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