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!
My Thoughts: Have you ever wondered where that one sock goes when it disappears out of the washing machine? You know, the one that magically reappears at a later time? Well, the premise behind The SockKids Meet Lincoln is that these socks enter a time portal and travel to another time and place, visit for a while, and return to eventually be repaired with their twin. In this first book in the series, it is a young member of the “Socker” family (Stretch – a white sock) who travels too far into the washing machine and gets sucked back in time to 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where he finds himself on President Lincoln’s foot as he is giving his famous speech.
The SockKids Meet Lincoln cleverly provides young children with a brief history lesson about the impact and underlying main message of the Gettysburg Address delivered by Abraham Lincoln. I love the part where Lincoln realizes that he has one white sock and one black sock and comments that it seemed completely appropriate given the theme of this speech (i.e., equality and freedom for everybody who lives in the United States). While the issue of race relations is not explicit in the text, this certainly provides a teaching point for adults reading this book to children.
I also thought it was a great idea to include information about how people used to launder their clothes in the 19th century. It completely made sense to draw comparisons between modern-day washing machines and the use of washing boards and muscles! This was another important history lesson included in the book. The book definitely does have educational value and many historical nuggets that provide a jumping point for discussion or further investigation. There is a link to more information about Lincoln in the back of the book.
Finally, the computer-generated illustrations are all bright, colourful, and kid-friendly. I love the diversity of the socks included and the unique perspective of the illustrations which hone in using close-ups of the socks. I think kids would really enjoy just flipping through the pages.
My Bottom Line: The SockKids Meet Lincoln merges fact and fiction when one member of the Socker family finds himself on the foot of Abraham Lincoln who is giving his famous Gettysburg Address in 1863. I love the underlying message of equality for all, the brief snippets of history included in the story, and the bright and detailed illustrations. I would recommend this book to teachers in elementary schools in particular (especially in the United States) and for all children ages 3 and older.
“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)
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