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Yankee Doodle Dandy (Ellis the Elephant)

by Callista Gingrich

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An elephant named Ellis is wanting to know about Americas history. The book begins with the people of the new colony under the rule of the King of England He taxed the tea and the colonies thought how unfair that was and protested. The book explains how the colonists were not happy with the kings new rule so to show the king their courage, they tossed the tea into the harbor. The book goes through the early basic history of the beginnings of The United States of America. The colonies fighting in the Revolutionary War including Valley Forge. Ellis learns about Betsy Ross constructing the first flag and America being free from England.

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This is a wonderful and informative book. The author write is a rhyming way that children can actually understand the historical points of America breaking free from England. This book describes how families did not see each other for years because of the war for freedom

Classroom Extension Acitivities:
1.Create a timeline to show how long it took the colonies to become free.
2. Providing supplies to have the students create their own flag.
3. Provide supplies (recycled supplies) to have the students create the American Flag.
4. Have a classroom discussion about the importance of freedom to the colonists. ( )
  CarrieDann | Mar 26, 2017 |
Summary:
Ellis the Elephant explores Americas history. The book starts with the King of England taxing the colonies and how unfair that was. The book talks about how the colonists were not happy so they tossed the tea into the harbour. The book goes through fighting the Revloutionary War which includes the Batlles of Lexington and Concord and Valley Forge. The readers learns about Betsey Ross making the first flag and America being free from England.

Personal Reaction:
I really enjoyed this book. The authors wrote it in a way that children can actually understand the historical ends. Even thou they are made to be very simple and quick to the point that is the only knowledge the children need at this point. They do not need to know every singe detail. This book spams over a long period of time and is very informative.

Classroom Extension Acitivities:
1. Discuss just how long of a process freedom was in an age appropriate manner.
2. Have them create their own American flag.
3. They could write their own histories. ( )
  ShaLee.Hale | Oct 13, 2016 |
My boys loved this book. They are 6 and 8, and in first and third grades. First they chuckled over the illustrations, which really drew them in. They loved the prose of the story, each of the boys enjoy poetry.
The book really touched home when they heard the Revolutionary War part. They have an ancestor who fought in that War, and have been to visit the monument in Oriskany, NY.
It is so important that they don't take this country for granted and lose it's history. We talked about the different things that led to the War. They know they have relatives who came on the Mayflower...yes John Alden. This book brought home a lot of things we had talked about in the past. They asked if the tea was drinkable once it was in the ocean...don't think they will forget that point. I can't wait until we can share more of the Ellis books...so important to share how we got our freedoms.

I received this book through the Publisher Regnery Kids, and was not required to give a positive review. ( )
  alekee | Oct 16, 2013 |
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