#1065 – Hail to the Chief by Callista Gingrich and Susan Arciero

cover Hail to the Chief
Series: Ellis the Elephant
Written by Callista Gingrich
Illustrated by Susan Arciero
Regnery Kids   10/11/2016
40 pages     Ages 4—8

“Ellis the Elephant is back, and he’s headed to the White House! Ellis meets some of America’s greatest presidents and discovers how they have led our country throughout American history. Join Ellis as he travels back in time to encounter:

*George Washington as he is sworn in as our first president
*Andrew Jackson as he welcomes thousands of Americans to the White House
*Abraham Lincoln as he delivers the Gettysburg Address
*Theodore Roosevelt as he builds our national park system
*Lyndon Johnson as he signs the Civil Rights Act.

“With beautiful illustrations and charming rhymes, Hail to the Chief will delight young and old alike with a glimpse at the leaders who helped make America an exceptional nation.” [INSIDE JACKET]

[word count 315]
With its rhyming verses, Hail to the Chief takes kids back in time to meet some of the American presidents who helped shaped the U. S. Ellis the Elephant, host for several American history picture books, goes to Washington DC and the White House. The hall of presidents begins his trip back in time, beginning with George Washington. Ellis watches the general’s swearing in ceremony. Next is Abraham Lincoln and his grand vision; then onto a ship with James Madison during the Battle of Baltimore. Yes, Gingrich skips some presidents, but she keeps the reader going forward in time, as America grows and changes.
use3The text uses interesting words. Many are not easy to rhyme, yet there is no slanting to be found. Gingrich’s writing never fails while using words such as clamor, alliance, frontiers, responsibility, and console. The text, while very informative and easy to read aloud, is more for older children than the stated four to eight-year-old. Young children, with repeated readings, will pick up a much larger and sophisticated vocabulary.
use2Teachers will love the information, including back matter on every American president from Washington to Obama. The wonderfully detailed illustrations give kids a view of historical times as they may have been seen by those alive at the time. President Lincoln gives his Gettysburg Address; President T. Roosevelt preserving national land for parks; President F. D. Roosevelt giving one of his “fireside chats;” and President Eisenhower’s international highways.
use1Throughout it all, Ellis is there, sometimes interacting with the characters, but never saying a word. He is easy to miss with all the historical action occurring. Older children will learn a lot from Hail to the Chief. Teachers will find it a good adjunct text to increase student interest. And with a new inauguration soon to occur, Hail to the Chief might be able to explain the role of president to younger children.

HAIL TO THE CHIEF. Text copyright © 2016 by Callista Gingrich. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Susan Arciero. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Regnery Kids, Washington, DC.

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Reprinted with permission from HAIL TO THE CHIEF © 2016 by Callista Gingrich, Regnery Kids, an imprint of Salem Communications Holding Corporation. Illustrations © 2016 by Susan Arciero.

Copyright © 2017 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved

Hail to the Chief
Written by Callista Gingrich
Illustrated by Susan Arciero
Regnery Kids 10/11/2016

4 thoughts on “#1065 – Hail to the Chief by Callista Gingrich and Susan Arciero

    • Timely, for sure. There is more facts in this story than I expected to find and some interesting tidbits about the presidents. It is so nice to see you here. My week vacation seemed so long this year. Missed Cupcake’s interesting comments. (and your’s, of course), 🙂


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