Mymcbooks's Blog

Keepsake that Educates!

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.




Giveaway Rules


There will be 1 winner.

Leave You Comments below.

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by

Giveaway Ends Oct 31st, 2016

Mandatory:  Must be a Follower of this Blog or Facebook or twitter

Giveaway Guidelines and Disclaimer

Winners are selected via Random and notified by email. You have 48 hours to respond;

If no response, the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner is chosen.

This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #4 – Linda Herold







October 11, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments


%d bloggers like this: