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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ellis the Elephant
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Kids (September 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596982926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596982925
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Callista Gingrich is the President of Gingrich Productions. She and her husband, Newt, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include, A City Upon A Hill, America at Risk, and Nine Days that Changed the World. Mrs. Gingrich’s photography is featured in the New York Times bestseller, Rediscovering God in America, as well as in Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, which she co-authored. Callista is the voice for several audio books, including, A Nation Like No Other and To Save America. Mrs. Gingrich is also the President of the Gingrich Foundation. She resides in McLean, Virginia, with her husband, Newt Gingrich.

Susan Arciero is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Nat, Nat, The Nantucket Cat and Cornelius Vandermouse: The Pride of Newport. Growing up in Masachusetts 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.

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Customer Reviews

The illustrations are beautiful and the book is well written.
Janyce L. Seevers
This is a book every parent should purchase to READ to their children and then have them read it over and over again.
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The book is a great way to instill in young children a love for our country !!!!!
G. Colin Mulcahy

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153 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. Smith VINE VOICE on September 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a good children's book aimed at young readers (or more properly, at young listeners as this would be most effective being read by a mom or dad). It introduces the broad themes of America and our unique story in rhyme.

The illustrations are very warm and age appropriate. They will invite youngsters into the story and present them with iconic images of America that youth will undoubtedly see throughout their lives. One hopes of course that this type of book would make them curious about learning more as they age.

The rhyme is well done and has the type of cadence that will appeal to its audience. As a dad and every-evening reader to all my kids when they were young, I can say that this type of prose will keep a four/five/six year old enthralled as the rhymes present the information in easy to remember stanzas.

My only criticism is that I thought the book could have been a bit longer. On the plus side, the author includes a good appendix where parents can find out more information to delve into the topics addressed by the book.

This would be a good gift for any kid in the 3-6 year old range.
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128 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Wheeler on September 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Even an old adage of truth as "never judge a book by its cover" can be wrong now and again.

The cover of Sweet Land of Liberty displays a most adorable elephant viewing Liberty Island in New York Harbor with an expression (only as elephants can) of pride and patriotism. From sweetly eyeing the Statue of Liberty to tenderly embracing our Nation's Flag, you grasp the idea that this elephant is in love with America. Even the bald eagle (who joins the elephant on each page) stands tall, and smiles while overlooking what is considered our greatest symbol of freedom, La Liberté éclairant le Monde.

As the first page turns, you learn that this patriotic pachyderm is named Ellis. Besides his love of country, he enjoys the library (which explains how he is also smart and curious) and without further ado, Ellis with his befriended bald eagle adventure off into the world of books to discover the secret of America.

They are not disappointed in their travels, and neither will you or your child be in reading this delightful book. Each page is increasingly beautiful in writing and illustrating as the learning journey unfolds. The simplicity of the rhyming magically explains the great events that have transpired over the centuries as our country has grown. From the first Thanksgiving to the crossing of the Delaware to the landing on the Moon, Ellis' activities are engaging, inspire the imagination, and you learn something along the way. Could anything be better in a children's book?

Well, yes. And Sweet Land of Liberty has it. It gives young and old alike a reason to love this great land of ours, again. We seemingly have lost what our parents instinctively knew--this is a great land of freedom and opportunity.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Hearth and Home on September 28, 2011
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I volunteer for the READ ALOUD program offered in the West Virginia Public Schools. Today I read "Sweet Land of Liberty" to a class of 3rd graders. The students enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed reading it to them. It was wonderful to read a book that expressed such pride in our nation. Having the cute character Ellis the elephant and the Eagle visiting important times in our history kept them interested. The third grade class was already familiar with many of the the historical events in the book, however what was special about this book is it connected these events with having pride in our nation in a way children could understand. Great Book! Wonderful Illustrations! To the author and illustrator "please write/illustrate more books like this one"
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Leppla on October 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Sweet Land of Liberty" is about a curious Elephant named Ellis and his adventures in learning about America and it's history and how it became free. To do this he goes to library and reads as many books about the key moments in America's past that made it a free place to live today.

One thing about this book is how for every major event, Ellis is there himself, partaking in helping to shape America's future. For me, at least, I see this as he is presently learning about America's past to help with it's future, thus he is partaking. This makes it perfect for children to see themselves having a part in shaping America's future.

The writing and illustrations are simple and perfect for children to understand. There are no words that children cannot understand or illustrations that are too busy and bright. Every page is perfect. This book is a wonderful start for any child curious and looking to learn more about America's past and how it became what it is today, just like Ellis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kelw on December 5, 2012
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In a span of 26 very colorfully illustrated pages, the author uses Ellis the elephant to briefly introduce the value of information found in a library, Pilgrims, the Boston Tea Party, the Declaration of Independence, George Washington's crossing of the Delaware, Abraham Lincoln, wagon trains and pioneers, famous inventions (Edison, Bell, Wright Bros), immigration and Ellis Island, soldiers and our freedom, moon landing, Red Cross, and the 4th of July. At the end of the book are several resources where more information about American History can be found. It is a good book but I wish more than two pages or more accurately, two paragraphs, had been dedicated to each subject.
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