Today I'm introducing
a funny historical kid's book
and an awesome giveaway
with 6 prizes up for grabs!
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!
The Sockkids Meet Lincoln is a witty narrative that engages young minds with its humor and colorful characters. I really enjoyed introducing President Lincoln to my 5 year-old, Amanda, as she sat on my lap and I read. Her immediate reaction to the first time we met the Sockkids was to giggle. On the page where we saw Mary's face, Abraham Lincoln's wife, Amanda said that she was pretty. The story held her interest all the way through and when I asked her which was her favorite part, she said that all the parts were nice and she couldn't pick a favorite.
The only part of the story that I would have changed is that I wouldn't have put dirty socks away in a drawer. The socks needed to go into the washing machine, so they should have been talking to each other from a dirty laundry hamper instead.
I think this book is a wonderful way to teach kids a bit about history. It makes learning fun and the message is very important that we are all equal and deserve the same amount of care. I recommend this book for ages 5 and up.
The Buzz Highlights
"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
Michael John Sullivan & Susan Petrone
|Michael John Sullivan|
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.
The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln
Blog Tour Schedule (2013)
3 Grand Prize Winners: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash + a SockKids t-shirt
3 Secondary Prize Winners: SockKids t-shirt
Contest runs: November 5 to December 2, 11:59 pm, 2013
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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.
Disclaimer: I received a free pdf copy of Sockkids Meet Lincoln with the condition to write an honest review. My opinion of the book can be found in the My Review part of the post.