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Ronald Reagan Picture Book: I Like It Despite Myself

I should preface this by saying that I grew up with Ronald Regan as my governor of California and my parents were not big fans. You see, my father worked as a math professor at a state university and Regan reduced or froze the salaries of the teachers and professors. Everytime, Regan’s name came up, my parents would invariably complain about him.

I joined blog tour for this picture book of Ronald Regan because Jen at TLC Blog Tours explicitly said, “TLC does not require positive reviews, only honest ones. We, of course, hope you enjoy the reading experience, but we want you to feel free to express your honest thoughts on the book and not feel any obligations to anyone but yourself.”

I was convinced and was willing to have an open mind about Ronald Reagan. He seems to be the poster child for the Republicans, lost as they are in this new economy and multicultural voting population.

Ronald Reagan Picture Book

The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief by Susan Allen, illustrated by Leslie Harrington

I was struck by the likeness captured by illustrator Leslie Harrington of both Ronald Regan and the rest of the people in his life. Reagan comes across as a simple man albeit with a witty sense of humor. I think it was, in fact, his simplistic outlook on life that made him a great communicator and an effective leader.  Being extremely telegenic and a talented public speaker also didn’t hurt!

Allen protrays Reagan as a politician motivated by making our country great again, and I actually do believe this, and perhaps it’s his sense of purpose that gave him direction when he faced big decisions.

All in all, I was prepared to dislike this book by proxy of Reagan’s tenure as Govenor, but, in fact, I truly saw a different side of Reagan that current Republicans all seem to reference. As for moving forward, I think those simple times are gone forever and while Reagan is a beacon for Republicans, it’s a golden story best left in the past as the present day is a very different world.

For parent that are liberal or conservative policatically, I think this is a balanced biographical picture book that kids would enjoy!

[picture book, ages 5-8]


Ronald Reagan’s Actress Wives

Ronald Reagan’s first wife was Jane Wyman.

She began her film career in the 1930s, and was a prolific performer for two decades. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Johnny Belinda (1948), and later achieved renewed success in the 1980s as Angela Channing on Falcon Crest. Wikipedia

I had forgotten about that. There aren’t any images of her in the picture book, so I found some old photos. I love these old black and white glamorous Hollywood stills.

Jane Wyman, Ronald Reagan's first wife

image from Doctor Macro 

I didn’t realize that Nancy Reagan was also an actress.

Nancy Davis Reagan headshot

image from My Digital Life

Ronald Reagan picture book

image by way of Warner Brothers posted in the L. A. Times

Publisher’s Description:

Ronald Reagan was a natural leader, well-remembered not just for his political leadership but also for his warmth, kindness, dignity, and optimism. There’s a lot kids can learn from Reagan, about our country and about being good leaders and good people. The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief is a fun, colorful look at his life, from his humble beginnings as the son of a shoe salesman, to his years as a Hollywood actor, his service in WWII, his work as California governor, and the culmination of his career in the Oval Office. There’s plenty that even adults can learn as they read along with their kids, including Reagan’s efforts to stand up against racial discrimination, and his powerful faith in God. The Remarkable Ronald Reagan is a treat for the entire family.

More Children’s Books on Ronald Reagan

Who Was Ronald Reagan? by Joyce Milton
I like the popular Who Was? series. They are short, easy chapter book biographies.

Ronald Reagan (DK Biography) by Michael Burgan

The DK series has detailed sidebars, handy vocabulary boxes, and a visual timeline.

Ronald Reagan: 40th President of the United States by Tamara L. Britton

 To examine any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book. I’m an affiliate which means if you buy anything through my blog, I get a small fee at no cost to you. I use this money to pay for the shipping and handling of my giveaways.

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I’m part of a blog tour. Here are all the stops:

TLC book tours

Here’s the tour schedule:
Tuesday, June 18th: My ordinary, every day, happily ever after
Tuesday, June 18th: Babblin Brooke
Tuesday, June 18th: Maureen’s Musings
Tuesday, June 18th: And Here We Go
Tuesday, June 18th: 5 Minutes for Mom
Wednesday, June 19th: Geo Librarian
Wednesday, June 19th: Delightful Education
Wednesday, June 19th: No Doubt Learning
Wednesday, June 19th: Kid Lit About Politics
Thursday, June 20th: Teaching Stars
Thursday, June 20th: Homeschool Circus
Thursday, June 20th: A Stable Beginning
Thursday, June 20th: Everyday Snapshots
Thursday, June 20th: Walking in Faith
Thursday, June 20th: Hope is the Word
Friday, June 21st: Melissa Northway
Friday, June 21st: bookchickdi
Friday, June 21st: Kid Lit Reviews
Saturday, June 22nd: Teresa’s Reading Corner
TBD: Grandma’s Briefs

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Sounds a bit like the Charles River editions biographies and histories for children and from what you have shown us seems really worthwhile. Appreciate that you shared your family background with the subject, I would have a similar issue with Mayor Bloomberg of NYC! LOL
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  2. I’m from NY and there is no way you can compare Mayor Bloomberg with Reagan. He doesn’t come to Reagans toes
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  3. Ann

    Interesting. I liked what you wrote.

    I like the Who was series too.
    I didn’t know Nancy Reagan was also an actress, huh!
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  4. These sound like great books! I like the Who Was series too. 🙂

  5. I’ve ended up enjoying books despite my initial hesitation, and I think it speaks to the subject matter and the author that I was able to get over whatever issues I had. I’m glad you liked this book in the end!

    Thanks for being on the tour!
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  6. How funny- I love that you did a post about R.R.- it made me giggle when I saw your title, but now I kind of want to read some of these books.
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  7. Emma LOVES non-fiction, so this series sounds great for her.
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    • Hi Maryanne,
      I love biography picture books because I always learn something. I will do some giveaways and include this book and The Monstore. Perhaps for my next emal newsletter. I’m trying to blog and then donate the books more quickly.
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  8. I do think it’s important to read nonfiction. It gives a different look at history than you might pick up in History class because you’re not being graded on anything! Thanks for linking in to the KBLH!
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