This summer reading post is brought to you by 5 Rockstars of the American Revolution by Christina Frei. I received a free copy of the book. My opinions are my own.
I have a confession (don’t I always?): even though I’ve always loved learning about history, I’ve never really been a big fan of American History. That sounds horrible, right? I mean, I’m an American, I should be more interested in our history, right? Oh sure, I learned what I needed to learn to get through school, but I never enjoyed reading about, say, George Washington nearly as much as I did about ancient gods and cultures. The problem is, to me, our forefathers were boring compared to ancient warriors! Or so I thought. Then I had a chance to read Christina Frei’s 5 Rockstars of the American Revolution. Now I’m ready to admit I was wrong!
Frei has done an astonishing job of turning what most kids think of as a boring subject into an exciting one. This is an educational summer reading book that kids will be excited to dive into! Plus, it may just give them a bit of an edge during the school year when they’re working on American History.
Delve into History with 5 Rockstars of the American Revolution
The stories of the five rockstars include Paul Revere, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. Each story talks about the lives of the historical figures in a way that kids can easily relate to. I think my favorite is the story of Paul Revere, because he was really just an ordinary guy! I love how Frei tells the story of Paul Revere, then takes it even further by proving activities and thought-provoking lessons. For example, she talks to kids about acknowledging their ordinary side and getting over it. Like she says, we can’t all be great at everything! Yet Paul Revere, a relatively ordinary guy, still made history by doing something extraordinary!
Each chapter is like that- telling the story in a fun way then really making it easy to relate to for kids and teenagers. Even as an adult, I found the challenges and exercises incredibly inspiring! Frei talks about each of the rockstars’ secret sauce and how you can find your own secret sauce. When history is this exciting and engaging, it’s a lot easier to get kids interested.
Applying the past to your future
One of the things I really love about 5 Rockstars of the American Revolution is that the exercises in the book really help kids apply past successes of our forefathers to their own futures. It’s one case where history repeating itself is a good thing! I love the Revolutionary Notebook exercises! Throughout the book, kids are encouraged to start their own notebook to identify things that they have to do that they don’t really enjoy and find a way to make those things more entertaining. This is such a great idea when you’re struggling to get kids in the back-to-school mode! Also, by learning what made these 5 Rockstars of the American Revolution so great, kids are discovering ways to be great themselves!
About Christina Frei
Frei knows a lot about how to get kids motivated, which explains the success of 5 Rockstars of the American Revolution. She’s a youth motivational speaker, something that really comes through in the book. Her seminars are designed to teach kids both about American History and how they can apply the concepts of the rockstars of history to make their own lives more enriching. While these seminars are geared towards teens, the lessons in 5 Rockstars of the American Revolution are ideal for any age group from grade-school kids all the way to adults.
Buy the Book
5 Rockstars of the American Revolution is available on Amazon for $2.99 for the Kindle Edition and $15 for the print version. You can also get if from Christina Frei’s website. Connect with Christina on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to learn more about her revolutionary approach to American history.