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I’ve been obsessed with Abraham Lincoln and his family since I was a kid; I can’t get enough of him and his wife, Mary Todd.
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.
Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler is the first in a delightful new series by Steve Sheinkin. In this series, the students in Ms. Maybee's class think history is boring. And they're right. The history text books in their classroom don't have anything exciting to say about Abraham Lincoln's life, but Honest Abe wants to change all that. Traveling through time. Lincoln appears to Abby and Doc, siblings that are in Ms. Maybee's class. Taking them back to Illinois with him they get a peek at what life is like for Abraham Lincoln and they realize that if history is going to change it is up to them to convince the others in their class that history is exciting. 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
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2018
My seven year old son and I LOVED reading this book together. (He's even been putting on his pajamas and brushing his teeth without a fight so that he can get into bed and read it!) It's such a great mix of humor, history and adventure. It's full of hijinks and hilarity, but also some really interesting historical facts that I didn't know. We can't wait to read the next one in the series. With this book Steve Sheinkin proves, once again, that history is definitely not boring! And the illustrations are great too! Four thumbs up from this family.
It has been difficult to get my 9yr old son to read but he eagerly looked forward to reading this book and read it in 4 days. I caught him chuckling as he was reading! He wants me to order the next book. This book was a great find for my reluctant reader
I truly enjoyed this story, I wish there were history books like this when my children were young. It made me want to keep reading it and learning about the different things that Lincoln done. I have 2 young boys I am giving this book too, they enjoy history and I am sure they will enjoy this book. Sheinkin did a great job writing and I love how the pictures looks like a comic book.