Purple Fig Club: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Happy Earth Day, everyone! I hope your day on our beautiful planet is a great one. I’m hoping for some rain today myself. They keep forecasting it the last couple of weeks and then we really don’t get any at our house and I love a good rainstorm, so it’s been disappointing. Fingers crossed!
Believe it or not, it’s time once again to review a book. This one was definitely a quick read, which I was grateful for since, in just a few months, we have (dum dum dummmm!) The Count of Monte Cristo in all its enormity. Prepare yourselves. But back to the book at hand…
So I had a love-hate relationship with this book. Which sounds like a strong reaction to a relatively straightforward book. Lol. But it’s the best way I can describe it.
I didn’t know what the style of the story was going into it, so it threw me for a loop a few times. The idea of Rush Revere time-traveling to help historical events come alive for kids is not a bad idea in theory. I just didn’t anticipate a magical talking horse, for example. I had anticipated the writing being a lot more “straight” than it was, but ultimately it was definitely geared toward a younger audience, so I can see why all the extra fantastical elements were added in.
As an adult reading this, it felt a little cliché at times. The substitute teacher gloms onto the two misfits in the class who actually turn out to be good, smart kids when given the chance. Yada yada yada. However…
If I were a kid reading this, I would likely have related to those characters the most, so I also can’t slam it as a concept. Plus, I do get that trying convince a great student to care about learning is preaching to the choir, so I was ultimately okay with it.
The bottom line is that I think that the elements I would normally criticize were mainly due to the fact that it was too far below my reading level for me to connect to personally. But that doesn’t mean I can negate the book as a whole simply because I’m not in elementary school anymore.
I do wish it hadn’t gotten political (insofar as the few discussions around capitalism vs. communism), but it’s Rush Limbaugh for goodness sake! I don’t know what I was thinking.
Anyway, I think this turned out to be a book with good teaching value for children, but maybe not complex enough for me to dive into as an adult. What did you think?