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Book Review/Giveaway: Hail to the Chief. Ends Oct 31st



Hail to the Chief by author Callista Gingrich, illustrated by Susan Arciero


About the Book: 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.




  • Age Range: 4 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 4
  • Series: Ellis the Elephant
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Kids (October 11, 2016)
  • Cost: $11.51 @ amazon



My Review: Ellis the Elephant goes back in time to learn about how the past US presidents governed a vast nation. Learning about how George Washington led the Revolutionary War and sworn in as the first president, pledging to serve and defend freedom. Ellis also learn about Thomas Jefferson the founding father who wrote the declaration of independence. James Madison known as the father of the Constitution.  Ellis learned about Andrew Jackson known as a war hero, Abraham Lincoln known as the president who presided over a nation that was in crisis and divided by the fighting over slavery. Theodore Roosevelt who preserved the best lands by setting aside millions of acres of lands.  Ellis went on to learn about many more presidents and their achievements. From George Washington to Barack Obama, he learned how each of them accepted a great responsibility, and done the job to the best of their ability.

What a great way for children and adults to learn about the past and present American presidents and their achievements. The last few pages of the book gives a list of all the US presidents, the year they governed and short history. The illustrations by Susan Arciero are vibrant, bold and colorful which helps sell the story.

Hail to the Chief is a part of the bestselling Ellis the Elephant series.


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Gingrich Productions in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.




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 Hail to the Chief, 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. An avid musician, Mrs. Gingrich sings in the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and plays French horn with the City of Fairfax Band in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also the president of the Gingrich Foundation, a charitable nonprofit corporation. Mrs. Gingrich resides in McLean, Virginia, with her husband, Newt Gingrich.



About the Illustrator: Susan Arciero is an award-winning illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Hail to the Chief, Christmas in America, From Sea to Shining Sea, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Land of the Pilgrims Pride, Sweet Land of Liberty, Nat, Nat, the Nantucket Cat, and Cornelius Vandermouse: The Pride of Newport. Growing up in Massachusetts and traveling the world as a member of a military family, Susan lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina, with her husband, three children, and two Bassett Hounds.




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  1. I love the idea of a book like this for kids. Fine job!

    Comment by Annette Rochelle Aben | October 11, 2016 | Reply

  2. I wasn’t aware of this series – this sounds like a fun way to start introducing the fundamentals of American history to little ones.

    Comment by tmy56 | October 11, 2016 | Reply

  3. This is so awesome! My kiddos and me would love to read this! What a fantastic idea!! ♥ Me

    Comment by My Monkeys and Me | October 11, 2016 | Reply

  4. Looks like a really cute book! As a special ed. teacher I’d love to win and read it!

    Comment by Linda Herold | October 11, 2016 | Reply

  5. this looks so cute and educational! would love this for my nephew. thanks for the chance!

    Comment by kelly mcgrew | October 11, 2016 | Reply

  6. I follow on FB, Twitter & Pinterest.
    My son just turned 5 last week, and I’d love to read this book to him. Ellis the Elephant sounds like a fun character to teach him about our US presidents!

    Comment by Crystal Gregg | October 12, 2016 | Reply

  7. I’ve been watching a lot of shows regarding this election and I think this would be an awesome book to ease my girl into the concept of politics. Thanks for the chance

    Comment by Sarah G | October 13, 2016 | Reply

  8. I can imagine my son enjoying reading and learning about these presidents. My kids love history!🙂

    Comment by Kristie | October 13, 2016 | Reply

  9. My daughters love history and this is a great way to teach them about the presidents. It looks like a really cute book too!🙂

    Comment by farmermomwife | October 15, 2016 | Reply

  10. Sounds like a fun way to learn about history and our country:) I had no idea about this author’s series…sounds fun for kids!! Christina Anne
    annejk112233 at yahoo dot com
    I follow u via Facebook (I’m anne dall on fb)

    Comment by Anne Dall | October 15, 2016 | Reply

  11. These are perfect books to introduce the children to our Presidents. Sound like wonderful reads. Thanks for doing the review and giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by carol L | October 16, 2016 | Reply

  12. I think, as a teacher, this would make an excellent addition to the classroom library, and I would love to read it to my two youngest children as well. I follow on twitter at @taryn221

    Comment by Taryn T | October 22, 2016 | Reply

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