“Lincoln was mistaken that the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here.The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech.”
~Charles Sumner 1865 (eulogizing President Lincoln)
Meet Stretch – a tube sock who spends most of his time on the feet of athletes – his little sister, Rinse, a little yellow sock with fringe on top – Grandpa Bleach – a faded green argyle sock – Rainbow, Parch and the entire Socker family. If they are not on feet of their favorite human, they spend time in the sock drawer, in the wash or snoozing in the dryer. While they are in the wash – sometimes – amazing things happen.
Title: The SockKids Meet Lincoln
Authors: Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone
Year of Publication: 2009
Publishers: Michael John Sullivan and Insiders Report, Inc
Review: Isn’t it funny how you put a pair of socks in the wash, and you only get one sock back? It happens to me all the time. Where does that other sock go? Now we know! Thanks to the time travel opportunities of the spin cycle, Stretch went into the washing machine at his home and came out hearing a tall man with a large beard saying…
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Stretch had traveled to Gettysburg 1963 and was on the foot of one amazing person. While he was there, he met other socks and had the opportunity to keep the foot warm of one of the greatest people of that time.
I really like the idea of this book. The Socker family is very cute. I like the lesson of not being afraid of new experiences and learning as much as you can from each and every experience. I also like how this book gives simple historical fact in a fun way. It’s an easy jumping off point for simple small history lessons while reading, or in-depth detailed deep thinking, analysis and discussions after finishing the book (depending upon the age of your child). In the back of the book, the authors suggest additional resources if you want to learn/teach more in-depth. I think this book is a great starting off point for discussions on the Civil War, the Gettysburg address and immediate aftermath.
The kids enjoyed the book. They love the cute characters and the story was simple and easy to follow.
The SockKids Meet Lincoln offers a cute and fun way of traveling back through time! If you are like me and ever wonder where the socks go when you put them in the wash, you will enjoy reading about all the adventures of the Socker family!
Rating: 4 Stars
Ages: All ages will enjoy this book. You can cater the supplemental learning to the age group.
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More about the authors:
Micheal John Sullivan: Before his interest in socks, he started writing his first novel in his early 20’s, while riding the NY subway system at night while homeless. He has spent the last 2 decades raising his daughters while working at home. Sullivan returned to his subway notes in 2007 and wrote Necessary heartbreak – A Novel on Faith and Forgiveness (S&S Publishers). His second novel, Everybody’s Daughter (Fiction Book Studios, 2012) was named one of the years best by Examiner.com. He has also written a number of articles for the plight of the homeless for CNN.com, Washingtonpost.com, The Huffington Post and many more!
Susan Petrone: Her first novel was Body At Rest (Drinian Press, 2009) . In 2011, her short story, Monster Jones Wants to Creep You Out (Conclave,2010), was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He other short fiction has also been published by Glimmer Train, Featherproof Books, The Cleveland Review and more. She is now a regular contributor to coolcleavland.com.
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