Monday, October 20, 2014

GadgetJax reviews of Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims by Rush Limbaugh by

I think I'm not the only one who can say that Social Studies are, well, not that fun in school. But what if there was a book that made History fun? I know it sounds like blasphemy, but after lots and lots of research (And by that I mean Googling Historical Fiction for kids), I found one: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.
The story follows the tale of Rush Revere and his horse Liberty. Liberty is a special horse, as it is able to Time Travel, Talk, and Vanish among other things. The unlikely duo make use of these skills to Time Travel to the past and learn more about the 1600's, more specifically the time of the Pilgrims. 
The story features many quirky characters and witty jokes. Though, if I do have a few complaints about the story, though you may not agree with this, they are as follows:
The first and biggest issue is that some characters from the modern times will sometimes say things related to modern media to past characters (For example, a character named Tom praises Captain Miles Standish by calling him 'The Incredible Hulk'). The reason this is so bad is because it is not only a really repetitive joke, but it also halts the progression of the story as if Time just stopped.
The second problem I have are the illustrations. Now, to be fair, I can't really judge a book by it's cover (or it's pictures), but aside from screenshots of older images (such as a portrait of the Native Americans), all the artwork looks like boring clip art, and is really jarring and can make even a dedicated reader feel uneasy. It's not as bad an issue as the 'Modern Media' one, but it's pretty noticeable.
I think that the Rush Revere series as a whole is very enjoyable. There are lots of interesting connections to History and enough laughs to make it feel like a perfect mix of Fiction and Education. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys this Genre. Until then, see you all next time.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Voice: scary stories

This is our adaptation of "The Voice"* from the Scary Stories You Can Tell in the Dark program on Sept 30th.

We almost made it to the end of the story in this take.


*short story is from the book More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark collected from folklore and retold by Alvin Schwartz; with drawings by Stephen Gammell.