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Perfect Book for 3 Year Old and Her Mother

Marthasmom / October 10, 2012

Great story of Ellis! Filled with a lot of general knowledge for people of every age--written in a way to capture the imagination of the very young. Since its arrival this book has made the rotation every night. Well done!

Ellis - Our Kids Love You! History Made Fun!

R. Urrutia / October 10, 2012

huge round of applause for Ellis and Callista! What a great book and easy read. Our kids love the story and it keeps mom and dad entertained too. Looking forward to see where Ellis will take us next.


B. Walters / October 10, 2012

This is great way to introduce children to the founding of our country. Callista makes it very readable and appealing to youngsters. Kids really seem to be fascinated with Ellis' adventures! This book makes for a great Christmas present for nieces, nephews, children, and grandchildren. The illustrations are visual and imaginative and it reads smoothly! Great Work!

Sure to Become a Classic

DC Democrat / October 10, 2012

Although I do not agree with the Gingrich's politics, I did not hestitate to buy this book for my niece and nephew, 3 years and 18 months old respectively. Ellis is such a cute character (seriously, is he not as cute if not cuter than Little Bear or Arthur) and this book is a great example of that. This book is great for reading as a bedtime or naptime story, as it is not too terrible long and wordy, but has enough words to keep the children's attention. I am always looking for books that are subtley educational for my niece and nephew and this one is perfect- not just a list of facts, but the historical anecdotes are there and proud.

The illustrations are adorable and I can tell my elephant-crazed niece loves them. At three, she is very into learning facts right now (just the other day she asked me if I knew that Georgia is the Peach state) to share with her friends at preschool. So I am sure we will be hearing all sorts of facts she has picked from this book in the coming weeks. My nephew, although still only 18 months old, loves for someone to read to him (never to early to start reading) and this book has eye-catching illustration that is sure to keep his attention.

I can't say enough good things about Ellis, and my only complaint right now is that there aren't more books in the series.

PS- Who wants to see an Ellis movie or television show? I bet it would rank right up there with "Olivia" as my nieces favorite tv indulgence.

Delightful Book With Added Advantage of Teaching History to Young Children

John Longshore / October 9, 2012

This was a fun and interesting book to read with my four-year-old granddaughter who was very engaged by it and attentive while we read it together. It is extremely well structured, clear and easy to read and teaches history in a way a young child can understand and enjoy while also looking at the colorful illustrations. It was educational at both the child and adult level. It is always good to be reminded of the facts of our nation's history and help a young child to begin to understand how the early settlers lived after coming to America so long ago. I liked this book very much and know we will read it again and again. Maybe one day soon she will read it to me!

Love this book!

S. Payne / October 3, 2012

Callista does it again with such an entertaining children's book which reads smoothly and has great pictures and color! My six year old son was so excited when it came in the mail and couldn't wait to read it. He loves it! He loves reading about Ellis' adventures and learning. I will be buying more as Christmas gifts for every child I know. It is so important for these little ones to understand America's true history and I believe in starting them on it young!

Wonderful Book!

Nancy / October 2, 2012

Land of the Pilgrims Pride is an AMAZING book for young readers. What really sets this book apart are the wonderfuls values that it teaches young minds. It is beautifully illustrated and contains accurate information about our nations history. I am now a life long fan of Ellis!!

Wonderful Book For Young Readers!

Natalie H. / October 1, 2012

My children were in love with Sweet Land of Liberty and Ellis the Elephant!

This book did not disappoint and I look forward to future books by Mrs. Gingrich.

These books are truly a great way to teach are children about the early days of our great nation!

Ellis the Elephant Visits Colonial America

R. Halpern / October 1, 2012

What a great way to share the story of Colonial America and its 13 original colonies with children. Ellis is adorable, the illustrations are great and the writing is superb. I especially loved the rhyming verse. It was so easy to read aloud. I am planning on buying copies for all of my grandchildren to use as the grow.

Amazing Children's Book!

Isabel Stephenson / October 1, 2012

My two children loved Sweet Land of Liberty, they loved hearing about Ellis and they loved spying the eagle on each page.

I also feel good about reading these books to my children because not only do they enjoy them but these books are tremendously educational.

Land of the Pilgrims Pride, takes your children on trip through each of the thirteen original colonies and relates each colony to a little story or lesson that kids will enjoy. And obviously the eagle makes an appearance on each page for the kids to find and point out (think Where's Waldo).

I am buying copies for my niece and nephews for Christmas!

Perfect for Kids!

Samantha R. / October 1, 2012

Just bought this book for my nieces! They loved Ellis and his adventures in the first book, Sweet Land of Liberty, and I know they'll enjoy this one just as much. Great way to introduce American history to young children!

Wonderful Introduction to Colonial America

Ralph Willington / October 1, 2012

Land of the Pilgrims' Pride is a wonderful introduction for children to Colonial America by Ellis the Elephant. This is Callista and Ellis's second book (the first was Sweet Land of Liberty), and here again the illustrations are adorable and the writing is terrific.

Ellis starts off learning about the Jamestown settlers in Virginia, and then proceeds to each of the 13 colonies to learn about the most important events in colonial history, like the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth and the Dutch purchasing Manhattan from the Native Americans. A few of them might be new even to adults -- I hadn't realized how murky I was on some of our history, so it's a good refresher. Thankfully there is a resource section in the back with more information for parents.

Although it is written by Mrs. Gingrich, there is nothing partisan or ideological about this book. It is focused on the history and the American qualities that we have found since the very earliest settlers. It's the perfect introduction to colonial America for children -- and will be loved by any family. I highly recommend it.

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