Hail to the Chief is the sixth book in the Ellis the Elephant series. I have previously reviewed the
Christmas in America book here.
In this book Ellis travels through history learning about some of the greatest presidential achievements in history. These include George Washington as he is sworn in as our first president. Andrew Jackson as he welcomes thousands of Americans to the White House. Not every president is featured in this book but there are some more current presidents like Lyndon Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act and Ronald Regan telling Russia to “Tear down this wall.”
The back of the book contains a resources section that lists each president. Included in this list are accomplishments or challenges that president faced.
Ellis provides a simple but informative way of introducing children to historical topics. The pictures by Susan Arciero are bright and fun. The story is easy to read and engaging for all ages. I enjoyed reading Hail to the Chief with both Riley and Jahnna. We were able to talk about past events as well as today. My kids are older now so John and I were able to expand on the topics and have good discussions about each topic.
If your children are older don’t hesitate to use this as an introduction to a more in depth study. Younger children will enjoy learning along with the story line. Politics is such a divisive topic. It would have been very easy to have written this book with a slant in either direction. It is refreshing to see a book that touches on important moments in history without a bias. I highly recommend using this book in your home even if you don’t homeschool.
Mrs. Gingrich has generously given me a signed copy of Hail to the Chief to give to one of my readers. I hope you enjoy Ellis the Elephant as much as my family has!