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Book Review: The Magnificent Mischief of Tad Lincoln

Title: Magnificent Mischief of Tad Lincoln

Author: Raymond Arroyo

Read by: Raymond Arroyo

Audiobook Length: 28 min.

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What's it about?

Tad Lincoln was a fun-loving, compassionate little boy who had a field day growing up and running through the white house while his father was president. He loved playing with his brother, until his brother passed away which brought Tad and President Lincoln even closer through grief. Tad was also the first to, and the reason we do pardon a turkey for Thanksgiving even now.

What's it about?

This book exceeded all of my expectations! I thought I'd listen to a book about a little boy who played practical jokes in the White house. What I got the story of a little boy who learned about loss and grief too soon and a father son relationship that not only changed our very traditions for the entire country, but a relationship of love and admiration. Yes, Tad had a tendencies to drive the staff of the White House crazy and got away with things few of us parents would allow today, but I couldn't help but to find my own affection for him. And he made me laugh.

I think the part that I found coolest was learning why we pardon a turkey for Thanksgiving, a tradition I always thought odd and never really understood. I also really liked the little interview at the end of the audiobook which continued to examine our history. This is going to be one of those books that you'll want to read around Thanksgiving every year.

I rate this book a


out of

10 Turkeys

But that's just what I thought. What did you think? Did you hate Tad? Or did you love him even though he would have been hard to deal with in person? Let us know in the comments.

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