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Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler (Time Twisters) Hardcover – January 9, 2018
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“Mixing history, humor, and cartoon illustrations, Sheinkin’s new series for young readers blends the appeal of Scieszka’s Time Warp Trio, Osborne’s Magic Tree House, and Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.” ―Booklist
“By the end, readers will have learned quite a bit of history along with the protagonists, without being bored at all [in this] silly story.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“[A] lively Abraham Lincoln–themed romp . . . The truth about historical figures, Sheinkin suggests, is more interesting than the myths, and Lincoln’s story concludes with hints about the historical mix-ups that will figure into subsequent books.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Black-and-white line drawings reinforce the silliness of the story, while the short chapters will keep reluctant readers hooked. A fun way to entice students to embrace what might seem, at first glance, like boring history.” ―School Library Journal
“A historical home run!” ―Dav Pilkey, bestselling author of Captain Underpants
“Imagine what the world would be like if Steve Sheinkin had decided to become a NASCAR driver instead of one of the finest history writers I know of. Or what if Neil Swaab chose to be a pastry chef instead of becoming one of the most clever cartoonists alive? Well, those guys might be happy, but it would be a very dull world indeed because we wouldn't have the terrific "Time Twisters" series for our reading pleasure. If you want to have fun while simultaneously learning some truly valuable lessons about history, then you absolutely MUST read these books.” ―Nick Bruel, New York Times–bestselling author of the Bad Kitty series
“A dash of history. A scoop of fun. Give this book to hungry readers everywhere!” ―Jennifer L. Holm, New York Times–bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish, on Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean
“A model of research and documentation as well as of stylish writing that tells an always absorbing story.” ―Booklist, starred review
“A gifted storyteller who never forgets the story in history. . . . Superb nonfiction that will entertain as it informs.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Easily the best study of the Vietnam War available for teen readers.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
The Port Chicago 50:
“Sheinkin delivers another meticulously researched WWII story.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This is edge-of-the-seat material.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
The Notorious Benedict Arnold:
“American history is brought to life in this engaging story of revolution and treason.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
- Publisher : Roaring Brook Press (January 9, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 125014891X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250148919
- Reading age : 7 - 10 years
- Lexile measure : 470L
- Grade level : 2 - 5
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.77 x 0.61 x 8.37 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this delightfully imagined work, the fourth graders in Ms. Maybee’s class hate history. “It’s BORING!” Step-siblings Abby and Doc, especially Doc, are the loudest opponents of history. When Lincoln hear how much all the kids don’t like history, he decides to teach them a lesson.
Thanks to time travel Lincoln shows up in current time to teach them a lesson. He’s decided that he won’t go back to Springfield, Illinois, to win the 1860 presidential election, but instead, he wants to pursue a different dream: that of becoming a pro wrestler. Wrestling was much, much different in the 1860s than it is today, and thankfully, Sheinkin doesn’t delve into that. But that means that history is broken if Lincoln pursues his dream
It’s up to Abby and Doc to get him back to Springfield and fix history. As they learn about Lincoln and his life, they experience life in the 1860s and unwittingly learn about our greatest president ever.
At the end of the book, Sheinkin adds a chapter that tells what aspects of the story are true and what are not. I think that young readers will enjoy history in this manner, and without meaning to, learn something. Even I learned something! Abraham Lincoln: Pro Wrestler receives 5 out of 5 stars in Julie’s world.
Funny, informational, and with great illustrations adorning the pages Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler is a great introduction to history for children. Giving just a teaser of facts to entice them into wanting to learn more, Mr. Sheinkin then pulls those teaser facts into an informational chapter of what Abraham Lincoln's life was really like. As a kid I hated history. As an adult I have come to appreciate the facts my teachers tried to teach me. If I had a book like Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler when I was younger instead of a dry history text book I might have acquired that appreciation earlier. 4 out of 5 stars