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Alma Powell Writing Children’s Books

June 25, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Alma Powell, wife of Secretary of State Colin Powell, has two children’s books coming next spring. HarperCollins will publish a 32-page picture book, ``America’s Promise,″ along with a companion board book, ``Pull Your Weight.″

Proceeds will be donated to America’s Promise, a non-profit organization Colin Powell founded in 1997, which is dedicated to strengthening the ``character and competence of youth.″

``Building the character of today’s youth is an extremely important part of what America’s Promise hopes to achieve,″ Alma Powell said in a statement Monday.

``And we want children to realize that people from every sector of American life are coming together to support them. Reaching children through books and literature is an invaluable way to fulfill our goals.″

Another spouse in the Bush administration also has written a children’s book. Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, recently published ``America: A Patriotic Primer.″

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