Welcome to the blog tour for The SockKids Meet Lincoln, by Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone! Max and I truly enjoyed the story and are excited that it is just one of many SockKids stories.
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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 have to say I might be biased about The SockKids. They are, after all, the Socker family; you can’t get much closer than that to my maiden name. I grew up in the Ocker family!
Aside from that coincidence, The SockKids included plenty of pictures to keep my toddler interested in the story, and the perspective of each of the illustrations was so different from the norm that it kept both of us looking for the next image.
I enjoyed that the story introduced my son to one of our most famous presidents. What fun that the president who signed the Emancipation Proclamation wore a black sock and a white sock during his most famous speech (at least in this retelling)! The SockKids Meet Lincoln gave us a chance to talk about what a president is and what the White House is, both of which were new terms for my two and a half year old.
My only constructive criticism for authors Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone is that I would have liked Stretch to stay with President Lincoln longer so that readers could learn more about that important era. Of course, anytime someone asks an author to make his or her book longer, that can only make them feel good, right?!
The SockKids Meet Lincoln deserves four snacks!
“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 a Grand Prize consisting of a $25 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash) + a SockKids t-shirt. There will also be four secondary prizes consisting of a SockKids t-shirt.
Contest runs: November 5 to December 2, 11:59 pm, 2013
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