Monday, July 16, 2018

Two reviews of Young Palmetto Books from the Univeresity of South Carolina Press: The Freedom Ship of Robert Smalls & Little Orange Honey Hood

From the University of South Carolina Press a new branch of books - Young Palmetto Books brings young readers interesting and well done books. Click here to find out more  Young Palmetto Books, an educational children's and young adult book series, is a publishing partnership between the University of South Carolina Press and the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy, a unit of the USC School of Library and Information Science.

The Freedom Ship of Robert Smalls by Louis Meriwether & illustrated by Jonathan Green

The Freedom Ship of Robert Smalls by Louise Meriwether is an engaging story that will educate children about American history.  Not only do readers get a glimpse of the emotions experienced by African Americans during the time of slavery, but they are also introduced to an unsung hero from that period.  After his escape from slavery, Robert Smalls became a navy captain as well as an influential Congressman.  His story inspires others to persevere through hardship and dream of greatness. The colorful illustrations by Jonathan Green bring history to life in a way that will delight children.  This book would make a wonderful addition to any library.  (reviewed by V.Andrews)

Little Orange Honey Hood by Lisa Anne Cullen

In Little Orange Honey Hood, Lisa Anne Cullen has used her storytelling skills to adapt the tale of Little Red Riding Hood to the lowcounty of South Carolina.  Using unique illustrations, Cullen acquaints children with state symbols of the Carolinas.  As an added treat, she includes real recipes of food from the story that children can create with the help of an adult.  This charming book lends itself wonderfully to dramatic read aloud sessions in classrooms or libraries.  (reviewed by V.Andrews)

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of each book from the Univeresity of South Carolina Press to facilitate this review. Opinions are those of the reviewer and are freely given.

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