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The Sockkids Meet Lincoln

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IThe SockKids Meet Lincolnmagine socks as silly little creatures that travel through the spin cycle into other places. One little sock finds himself on the foot of President Lincoln while Lincoln gives the Gettysburg address.

I asked to be part of the blog tour for this book because I’m always looking for history stories to share with my kids. The book is listed for ages three to eight and its probably best for the younger portion. There’s a line about the appropriateness of Lincoln wearing one black and one white sock as he delivers his speech but there’s no explanation of what the speech is. It can serve to create some name recognition (“remember the story of the socks traveling – this is the president they are talking about”) but not necessarily to teach.

That said, for the younger age, this book is great fun because talking socks are fun. There is great potential for playful fun pretending to be a sock or a washing machine, wiggling and squirming and bobbing around as though in water. Slightly older kids could talk about how the different washing machines work – what would a talking sock think of the front loading eco washing machines? And the book illustrates the older wash-basin and scrub-board time washing set up!

According to the book Abraham Lincoln “treats all socks the same, no matter what they look like.” When the modern white sock ends up on Abraham Lincoln’s foot, Lincoln’s other foot asks why he looks different. “What happened to your color? Do you have a soap issue?” My kids laughed and I was glad it was the white sock that was being laughed at and seen as different (abnormal) and not the black one.

The pictures of the book are neatly done, focusing on a socks-eye view of the world, looking up at things instead of down. The pictures are very bright, cartoony and fun.

The Sock Kids have a webpage with a short sock-kid story, some discussion questions for the Sockkids Meet Lincoln book, their blog and other extras.

In exchange for posting about The Sockkids Meet Lincoln I received a free ecopy of the book and the ability to have my twitter address on the blog tour’s rafflecopter giveaway.

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  • Michael John Sullivan

    Thanks Christy for taking the time to read and review the story. I appreciate you reading it to your kids as well 🙂

  • MCV Egan

    I reviewed this book
    The premise of this book is brilliant for young kids. The fun perspective from a sock is something any child will enjoy, and every adult can have a great time reading the book to kids with a sock on their hand. The introduction to Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address are very well balanced in the narrative.
    I highly recommend this book for young kids, a great read in preschools in February. I also thought the recommended reading links for more information on the historical subject were a great teaching tool. All around A +

  • Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    Thank you for your detailed review of the book. I felt the same way about the speech – the lesson is not explicit. i think you do need to know a bit about American history to really teach children about Lincoln. However, it does provide the impetus to go look on the internet for more information. Thanks so much for taking part in The SockKids Meet Lincoln Blog Tour!

  • Michael John Sullivan

    True. The book is a starting point to discuss Lincoln and what his administration stood for — we utilized an element kids can relate to — socks 🙂

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