Time length to read: 5-7 min
Age recommend: 5-8 years
Author: Susan Allen
Illustrator: Leslie Harrington
Publisher: Regnery Kids
Price: $9.99 (Kindle Edition) $12.20 (Hardcover)
Today I am excited to share with you a book that brings a piece of history to life. The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander In Chief, by Susan Allen, is about the life of the United States 40th President, Ronald Reagan. The book starts out with Ronald Reagan in his childhood years. You’ll learn about his hidden nickname “Dutch” and why he was called that. As the story continues to go on, it explains the many different careers and goals he had and how it eventually led him to become President of the Unites States of America.
I thought this book was absolutely amazing. The storytelling is perfect for younger children, and they can easily grab on to the story. The message that this book shows us that if you work hard enough that anything is possible, and dreams do come true. Another great thing about this book is that not only are they reading a great engaging book, but they’re learning facts about this President that no one would have probably known. The illustrations, done by Leslie Harrington, are very well done. They are bright and colorful and each page catches the readers eye instantly. The beautiful painted colors and details set out the story perfectly.
If you are looking for a great book with lots of history and learning facts, that is also fun and colorful, I would highly recommend this book. It will be one that becomes a favorite in schools, libraries, and homes.
Want to know more about the Author of The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief? Check out my interview with Susan Allen below. Enjoy!
Author Interview with Susan Allen
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am an author who likes to read a lot and enjoys the great outdoors. I have had a radio talk show, am a public speaker on topics ranging from political issues to health and wellness, member of boards and charity organizations and mom and wife of 27 years. Our children, daughters Tyler (25) and Brooke (15) and son, Forrest (22) keep me busy and also keep me hiking, biking, kayaking, etc.
Where do you get your ideas?
I do like to read historical fiction and as First Lady of VA, promoted tourism, which included over 120 historic sites in the commonwealth. I was a docent at the home of President James Monroe and gave tours in Charlottesville and Richmond, VA. I like watching young people learn and helping to bring stories to life for them.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
The overall theme is that like Ronald Reagan, you can have big dreams and if you work hard and try to go after the goals you set in life, you can achieve remarkable things.
What books have most influenced your life most?
There are several books I have read that have been influential. One of my favorite books on Ronald Reagan was “Hand of Providence” and one of the books about women I really enjoyed was, “Reading Lolita in Tehran”. I’ve also enjoyed books about people in politics like Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Work with a fantastic team and be patient. Talking with younger readers helps if you are trying to reach that audience.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Enjoy sharing the story of Ronald Reagan’s remarkable life! He even achieved his goal of living somewhere that would be suitable for riding horses everyday–His beautiful Rancho Del Cielo in California made a dream come true that provided great comfort and peace from a stressful job and was an oasis that he enjoyed even after his days in the oval office.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free in exchange for a fair review and book spotlight. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”