The Magnificent Mischief of Tad Lincoln
by Raymond Arroyo
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 24 Oct 2023
From New York Times bestselling author and news anchor Raymond Arroyo comes a fun picture book biography of Tad Lincoln, his relationship with his father President Abraham Lincoln, and a story about a parent’s love for his son and the wisdom of a child. Part of the Turnabout Tales series that explores the hidden, pivotal moments that define some of history’s greatest men and women.
Tad Lincoln was forever getting into trouble. He bounced around the White House making mischief and annoying almost everyone but the president. Yet Tad was his father’s joy and comfort amidst a brutal war, a family tragedy, and the toll of holding the nation’s highest office. When Tad befriends a turkey meant to be Thanksgiving dinner, his plea for the pet to be spared teaches Abe a lesson about mercy. It also starts the tradition of the Thanksgiving turkey pardon, a tradition that presidents carry on to this day.
In The Magnificent Mischief of Tad Lincoln readers 4-8 will:
- meet the larger-than-life personality of Tad Lincoln and his father President Abe Lincoln
- see the most famous US president come to life as a father
- learn about the power of mercy
- take a carefully researched and actively told romp through history, bringing this story to life in an all-new, fun-filled way for children and adults alike
The Magnificent Mischief of Tad Lincoln includes:
- an annotated list of resources
- illustrations by artist Jacqui Davis
- an author’s note by Raymond Arroyo, New York Times bestselling author of The Spider Who Saved Christmas
Check out Raymond Arroyo’s book The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison, also part of the Turnabout Tales series.
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I loved this beautiful story about a child's influence on a parent and how that can, in turn, influence the world. Tad Lincoln grew up in extraordinary circumstances, and his larger-than-life personality was a bright spot during the most difficult years of his parent's life. This story, matched with intriguing illustrations, is a perfect addition to any home or school library! As soon as I finished reading the early electronic copy I was given through NetGalley, I immediately ordered two hardcover copies so that I could share them with my mom and my children. My six-year-old was absolutely enthralled! I was grateful to have ordered Raymond Arroyo's book about Thomas Alva Edision as well, because it was just as uplifting, engaging, and comforting.
I was not required to post a positive review in exchange for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
I actually learned a bit of history from this children's book. The author looks at the life of young Tad Lincoln.and his family. Tad and his brother Willie love to play together. Much to the dismay of the White House staff, they ride their pet goat through the house using an empty chair s a cart. After Willie's death, Tad struggles without having his best friend there with him. His father, President Lincoln struggles as well. It is a sweet story about love, laughter, and family. I did learn something from this book. I learned about the origin of pardoning a turkey. The illustrations in the books are very nice and the story would be entertaining for early elementary school students.
The Magnificent Mischief of Tad Lincoln was such a fun read. While I had heard of the turkey pardons, I never thought to wonder how they came about until now. Initially I wasn't sure of what to expect going in, but I am glad I got a chance to read it. Tad, while starting out a bit annonying (in my opinion), really grew into a loveable character. There is a sad part in the story, so if kids aren't ready for or able to handle stories with death, I would say to hold off on this until they are older. I found the illustrations to be very lovely and eye drawing. The story itself was interesting and while being educational, at no point did it feel that way.
*Received through Netgalley for my honest opinion*
Tad Lincoln is a must read. It's a beautifully illustrated story about the life of Tad Lincoln in a way I haven't heard before. You will be immersed in the relationship between Abe and his son, while learning about figures in history and the civil war in a way that's perfect for children and adults.
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