No matter which side of the fence you are on in regards to politics – it is hard not to admire the amazing story of Ronald Reagan, who became our 40th President in 1980. He was known as a hardworking young man by his friends and family who nicknamed him “Dutch.” Susan Allen is the author of The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief and served as the First Lady of Virginia when her husband, George Allen, was elected as the Commonwealth’s 67th governor. She was very active as First Lady and worked on many initiatives that included tourism, breast cancer awareness, and children’s issues.
Her father-in-law is a famed NFL head coach and Chairman of The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and while accompanying him to a trip to the Oval Office, she had the opportunity to meet Ronald Regan. Apparently President Regan inspired her husband to run for office. Ms. Allen does a wonderful job telling the interesting tale of how Ronald Regan went from being a lifeguard, sports athlete, and well-known actor to becoming our 40th President. She reminds children in the story through describing Ronald Regans journey that by working hard and to go after your dreams – that anything is possible. These types of messages in books are always at the top of my list. As parents and educators we can’t remind our children enough how important it is to dream – and to go after your dreams! The illustrator, Leslie Harrington, paints an accurate picture of Ronald and Nancy Regan and their ranch as well as what it was like acting as President of The United States through her vivid illustrations.
One of my favorite parts of the book are the Highlights of a Life Well-Lived located at the end of the book. When the time comes for me, I would hope to have a description like that – A Life Well-Lived! It depicts Ronald Regan’s birth (February 6, 1911) and the major events in his life such as when he married Nancy Regan, when he enlists as a private in the Army Enlisted Reserve and many other quite amazing highlights of his career. There are even two pages filled with Important Things Ronald Regan Said which were sometimes funny, sometimes wise and sometimes profound. One of the more interesting things we learned about Ronald Regan was that he loved to write letters to friends and family, world leaders as well as many children. There are some samples of letters he wrote and received from schoolchildren.
Some of my favorite Ronald Reagan quotes listed in the book include:
“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”
“A people free to choose will always choose peace.”
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
“Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears…”
The book is written at guided reading level P, for third and fourth graders. It aims to teach children about the qualities he valued most such as responsibility, humility, kindness, and hard work – qualities that helped him through his entire life. I love how it really encourages children to dream big! You just never know how far your dreams can take you.
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