Susan Allen introducing kids to 'Dutch' Reagan

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets,Books

With the Reagan presidency slowly being squeezed out of grade school history classes by more topical subjects, fans of the Gipper are pushing the country to remember the 40th president for his rich life story and historical impact.

The latest effort comes from Susan Allen, wife of former Sen. George Allen, who just penned a grade school book, "The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief."

Richly illustrated by Leslie Harrington and already headed to schools and homes thanks to Scholastic's purchase of 10,000, Allen said her book about long-time family friend Reagan is meant to inspire a new generation to "Dutch Reagan's" simple goal of dreaming big and living clean.

"You can have big dreams, and keep your goals, and you can achieve them. That's the theme," Allen told Secrets.

The book for third and fourth graders touches on Reagan's life high-points, from his days as a lifeguard, broadcaster, actor, governor and eventually president. Allen said it portrays a president "in charge."

It's also something of a Reagan resource because it includes a timeline for the former president, some of his letters and key quotes like, "Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives."