Did you know that it was Abraham Lincoln who instituted an annual American Thanksgiving holiday on October 3, 1863? George Washington had called for one back in 1789, and there had been a few others called for in the earlier years of the fledgling country, but there hadn’t been one since 1815 when Abraham Lincoln made it an annual occurrence.
As part of my Season of Thanksgiving, I thought it appropriate that we take a short look at President Lincoln so I signed up to be part of this virtual blog tour for a book for young learners about this great president. There’s a great giveaway at the end of the post too!
About the Book
Title: The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln
Authors: Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone
Publication Date: August 14, 2013
Pages: 40 (print)
Recommended Age: 3 to 8
Where do our missing socks go? Readers find out in our children’s series, The SOCKKIDS. We follow the Socker family through many adventures; from encountering the slobbery mouth of the family dog to meeting Santa as he comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve to helping a fireman save a baby to the most shy Socker going to the school dance for the first time. Thanks to the time-travel opportunities afforded by the spin cycle of the washer, they learn about some of the most important humans in the world. Children two and up and their parents will be drawn to the diversity of the family and the universal and timeless lessons they teach: don’t be afraid of new experiences; treat others as you would like to be treated, and of course, beware of the spin cycle!
I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I opened this book which for me is a major downside of ebooks. With regular books, you can tell from afar whether you’re going to be reading a picture book or a chapter book, and once you’ve picked it up, you can flip through it a little bit to see what you’re getting into.
From the title and cover, I was expecting a picture book without a whole lot of words. I was close. This book has some really cute pictures but more words than I was expecting. It’s not a chapter book, but it has more words per picture than my three-year old could handle. It was perfect for my six-year old, and my nine-year old enjoyed it even though it was well below her.
This is a perfect book for a very light-hearted introduction to Abraham Lincoln. I felt like it was important to clarify from the start for my kids that Abraham Lincoln was a real person as I didn’t feel like that was very clear from the book. The line between truth and fiction is pretty fuzzy in this book. It introduces him as a very important person who was kind and who valued people (and socks) the same regardless of their color. That’s about all you get about Abraham Lincoln, but it’s a nice start and it definitely encourages further exploration!
All in all, I enjoyed the time-travel via spin cycle premise of the Sockkids. It’s a clever and fun idea that can be used to introduce all sorts of people and ideas to young children. I look forward to future installments of this fun new series!
“I love the creativity of the story as well as the many lessons that can be discussed after reading this, including President Lincoln and what he stood for. (I enjoy books that allow you to start a dialog with children who read them, and this book does not disappoint.) The book is easy to read, which makes it appealing because children can read it with an adult or on their own. I even giggled a few times while reading this, and any story that can put a smile on someone’s face has my approval!.” ~ 5-Star Review from ksen, Amazon
“A unique, well written, highly creative story, bringing socks to life in this sweet tale of a family of socks who time travel through the washing machine. Laundry never sounded so colorful and fun, with the added bonus of teaching children about history in an amusing, loveable and magical way. Intertwining well developed characters, plus a real historical figure (Abraham Lincoln) in a story that will not only introduce children to this president, but also teaches them what Lincoln stood for, and the lessons that will resonate with adults so they may be able to share this time in history with a young child (children) in their life, creating reading memories they will always treasure. The SockKids is beautifully illustrated, colorful and the cute Socker images will bring a smile to your face, and the dialogue is sure to elicit laughter from both the reader and the child. ” ~ 5-Star review from Selena Robins, Amazon
“The SockKids Meet Lincoln is a fun way to introduce young kids to an important historical period and figure. The tone is lighthearted yet informative–perfect for the target age group. I found myself chuckling along too! I’ve always wondered where my socks went when they disappeared…” ~ 5-Star review from A. MacLean, Amazon
“This is an adorable story with a wonderful message. I loved the illustrations, so colorful, every child will love these pictures and love this story. We all have lost socks in the washing machine and how cute to picture them talking to each other. I also loved the journey to Lincoln and how it didn’t matter to him what color the socks were, his didn’t match, a hidden message which you will have to read the story to find out what all that means. I hope to see many other wonderful sockkids adventures from Mr. Sullivan. I would give this more than 5 stars!” ~ 5-Star review from Cynthia A. Springsteen, Amazon
About The Authors: Michael John Sullivan & Susan Petrone
Michael John Sullivan is the creator of the SockKids. Constantly searching for his socks, he wondered whether the missing foot comforters had found another pair of feet to warm. Before his interest in socks, Sullivan started writing his first novel while homeless, riding a NYC subway train at night. Sullivan returned to his subway notes in 2007 and began writing Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness (Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books imprint). Library Journal named Necessary Heartbreak one of the year’s best in 2010. His second novel, Everybody’s Daughter (Fiction Studio Books, 2012) was named one of the best books of 2012 by TheExaminer.com. Sullivan has written articles about the plight of homelessness for CNN.com, The Washington Post.com, Beliefnet.com, the Huffington Post, and America Online’s Patch.com service.
Susan Petrone’s short fiction has been published by Glimmer Train, Featherproof Books, The Cleveland Review, Muse, Conclave, and Whiskey Island. Her first novel, A Body at Rest, was published in 2009 (Drinian Press). Her short story, Monster Jones Wants to Creep You Out (Conclave,2010) was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. She also writes about her beloved Cleveland Indians at ItsPronouncedLajaway.com for ESPN.com’s SweetSpot network. In addition, she is a regular contributor to Cool Cleveland.com.
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The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln Blog Tour Schedule (2013)
*** The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln Blog Tour Giveaway ***
Prize: There will be three Grand Prizes consisting of a $25 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash) + a SockKids t-shirt. There will also be three secondary prizes consisting of a SockKids t-shirt.
Contest runs: November 5 to December 2, 11:59 pm, 2013
How to enter: Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The Grand Prize winner and secondary winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.