Review of "The Sock Kids Meet Lincoln": An Early Reader That Gets to the "Sole" of History
Melinda T. Falgoust
There's a curious phenomenon that strikes folks of all races and creeds. It transpires worldwide and no one, not kings, nor presidents, nor Nobel laureates have been able to explain this odd event...until now.
Where DO your socks go when you lose them in the wash?
Authors Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone have taken their theory and spun an easy-reader yarn...er...sock that offers a fresh perspective on an age old mystery. The true question is not "where" your socks go, but "when"!
Within the opening pages of the story, readers are introduced to a rather unusual family, the Sockers. The name is appropriate as readers soon discover that Grandpa Bleach, Parch, Rinse, Rainbow and Stretch ( a totally "tubular" sock) are all part of a family of footwear getting ready for laundry day.
But, what starts out as a routine rinse cycle becomes a tumbling travel through time as the adventurous Stretch finds himself transported to historical Gettysburg where a very famous man is making a very famous speech.
Sullivan and Petrone cleverly introduce the concepts of equality championed by President Lincoln through conversations Stretch enjoys with Meade, his darker sock companion. As the pair of mismatched socks travel along with the 16th president, Stretch learns what it is like to spend a day walking in another man's...er...sock's shoes. Stretch takes what he has learned about treating everyone equally back through the washer wormhole.
"Sock Kids" provides a low-threshold entry for children to begin learning the concepts of history in a new and fun way and encourages them to ask questions about historical concepts which, even in today's society, could be considered controversial. The illustrations that accompany the book are brightly colored and reminiscent of the style used in the Dora the Explorer series. They serve well to keep the story light and child-friendly. A "darned" good early history reader.