Christmas in America

Christmas in America

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Overview

Ellis the Elephant is back! In Christmas in America, the fifth in Callista Gingrich's New York Times bestselling series, Ellis discovers the meaning of Christmas and learns how this special holiday has been celebrated throughout American history.

In preceding books, including Sweet Land of Liberty, Land of the Pilgrims' Pride, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and From Sea to Shining Sea, Ellis learns about the pivotal moments that have shaped our nation. Now, in Christmas in America, this adorable pachyderm explores the tales and traditions that have made Christmas a cherished part of the American experience.

Authored by Callista Gingrich and illustrated by Susan Arciero, Christmas in America will delight readers who want to discover how the celebration of Christmas has prevailed and brought out the best in our nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621573456
Publisher: Regnery Kids
Publication date: 10/12/2015
Series: Ellis the Elephant Series , #5
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 121,386
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Callista Gingrich is the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Land of Liberty and Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, a children's series featuring Ellis the Elephant. She is also president of Gingrich Productions, a multimedia company which produces historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include Nine Days That Changed the World and A City Upon A Hill. Callista is married to former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. Together they reside in McLean, Virginia.


Susan Arciero is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Sweet Land of Liberty; Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride; Nat, Nat the Nantucket Cat; and Cornelius Vandermouse. Growing up in Massachusetts and traveling the world as a military family, including ten years in Washington, D.C. made researching these illustrations even more captivating and inspiring. She lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina, with her husband, three children, and two Basset Hounds.

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Christmas in America 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I absolutely am thrilled when I discover a great children's book that I would be honored to not only own but to read to my children, grandchildren and anyone who enjoys a great look back at America's history and how we celebrated Christmas over the years. Callista Gingrich has written a series of children's books incorporating Ellis the Elephant. In Christmas in America, Ellis journeys back to discover the many ways Christmas has been celebrated in America's history and I found myself a bit amazed at how little I actually knew. In this beautifully illustrated book, Ellis travels back in time to experience Christmas with such notables as the colonists in Williamsburg, Virginia, George and Martha Washington at Mount Vernon, Andrew Jackson at the White House, Civil War soldiers on the battlefield, Calvin Coolidge as he lights the first national Christmas tree and even the Apollo 9 astronauts as they orbit the moon. What surprised me the most was how Presidents Andrew Jackson and Teddy Roosevelt both invited children into the White House to celebrate Christmas. Andrew Jackson opened it to orphans as he was an orphan himself, and no adults were allowed. Teddy Roosevelt offered a Christmas carnival to over 500 children. I had never considered that the Apollo 8 astronauts actually took turns reading the Bible in a televised broadcast from the Book of Genesis and wished everyone a blessed night. Today these types of events would not be permitted because of fear of offending someone who might not agree. The best part is that it is written in a rhyming pattern for children much like Dr. Seuss books do and there are resources at the conclusion of the book to help your children research these historical topics in greater detail. I received Christmas in America by Callista Gingrich compliments of Gingrich Productions for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest personal review. This is such a great resource for anyone who has children or even for a church children's ministry to share with their children. I can't wait to add the rest of the books to my personal library collection and think these are well written to help keep a child's interest in not only American history but in the Christmas traditions as well. This one is well worth all 5 out of 5 stars!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
We welcomed the new book of Ellis the Elephant into our home with much joy and anticipation, and we were not disappointed. This book is about Christmas in America and is the fifth book in this series, and my boys could not wait for it to be read to them, again and again. This time Ellis travels back in time with Colonists, George and Martha Washington, Andrew Jackson, our Civil War, Calvin Coolidge and Apollo 8 astronauts. What better way to begin to get ready for the fast coming Christmas season, and a lesson about our American history. The book is beautifully illustrated and just a joy to turn the page, as I witnessed by the boys, and the rhyming prose is such a learning exercise. This book will bring you so much pleasure, and full of facts. We also have an area at the back for parents and older children to answer all those questions that come up while reading this book. The boys were talking and hoping that there will be more of these books, they love them and look forward in anticipation for the arrival. I received this book from the Publisher Regnery, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have been following Ellis the Elephant since Sweet Land of Liberty came out. I'm so excited to read Christmas in America with my two daughters this holiday season. I know they are looking forward to reading about Ellis' new adventures. Keep them coming Mrs. Gingrich! Your books are a hit in my household.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting and fun book, which talks about things that happened on Christmas day in America’s history. It tells of George Washington crossing the Delaware River on Christmas, and about how some American soldiers and German soldiers in World War II shared a Christmas dinner with each other. It was cool seeing that Christmas was always an important part of our history. I think the book will give a different view for kids when thinking about Christmas. The story warmed my heart and Susan Arciero’s illustrations complimented the book wonderfully. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review