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Ellis the Elephant is back, and he’s headed to the White House! In Hail to the Chief, the sixth in Callista Gingrich’s New York Times bestselling series, Ellis meets some of America’s greatest presidents and discovers how they have led our country throughout American history.
In preceding books, including Sweet Land of Liberty, Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, Yankee Doodle Dandy, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Christmas in America, Ellis learns about the pivotal moments that have shaped our nation. Now, in Hail to the Chief, this adorable pachyderm explores the fascinating lives of those who have held the nation’s highest office.
Authored by Callista Gingrich and illustrated by Susan Arciero, Hail to the Chief will delight young and old alike with a glimpse of the leaders who helped make America an exceptional nation.
About the Author
Callista Gingrich is the president of Gingrich Productions. She and her husband, Newt, host and produce documentary films. Recent films include The First American, Divine Mercy, A City Upon a Hill, America at Risk, and Nine Days that Changed the World.
Mrs. Gingrich is the author of the New York Times bestselling children’s series featuring Ellis the Elephant. Recent books include Christmas in America, From Sea to Shining Sea, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, and Sweet Land of Liberty. She is also the co-author of Rediscovering God in America and Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny.
Mrs. Gingrich is the voice for several audio books, including A Nation Like No Other and To Save America.
She is also the president of the Gingrich Foundation, a charitable non-profit corporation. Mrs. Gingrich resides in McLean, Virginia with her husband, Newt Gingrich.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What child doesn't love a book with colorful illustrations and wonderful rhyming words coupled together with a lovable and cute baby elephant, named Ellis? Ellis the Elephant is a heart-warming series that is designed to educate our children while reading an amusing story along the lines of Dr. Seuss to teach them about our Founding Fathers and American Presidents. He travels back in time to meet George Washington, our first president as he is being sworn into office. He journeys to meet Andrew Jackson as he welcomes thousands of American's to the White House, Abraham Lincoln while delivering the Gettysburg Address, Theodore Roosevelt as he creates our national park system and even Lyndon Johnson while he signs the Civil Rights Act. This delightful book goes on to teach about the Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson who wrote the Declaration of Independence, giving us our God-given rights as a nation and the Louisiana Purchase to open the West for America to expand. Children will learn what inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner, how Woodrow Wilson brought World War 1 to an end, along with Franklin D. Roosevelt's fireside chats to give people the courage in the midst of a war. At the conclusion of the book are some great resources for parents to further use to help children understand the significant role some of these men contributed to making America the land of the free and the brave! All 44 Presidents are featured in the resource section including the dates that each were in office. My youngest daughter at 17 read this book as well and absolutely loved it. She wished this would have been a book that she could have read and perhaps memorized growing up and has added this to her future children's library. We both agree it is well worth 5 out of 5 stars. I received Hail to the Chief by Callista Gingrich compliments of Regenery Kids Publishers. It is illustrated by Susan Arciero and that is what really brings this book alive to children. This is recommended for children 4 to 8, but I think anyone would absolutely love it as my 17-year-old's opinion has proven, that she learned a few things even she didn't know. This is a great resource to begin to incorporate into your child's reading time as we know history is always changing but at times, there is reasons why we need to remember the valuable lessons our American President's taught the nation into becoming the great nation it still is.