“This book is well-written. My 4-year old son was fully engaged throughout the book. At first glance I was afraid that it would be too long to fully hold his attention, but I was mistaken. He sat through the entire reading and loved it. It clearly explained the battle for a child to understand without being graphically detailed. I love finding books like this one that explain events of historical significance to young children. They are invaluable to our family’s library! This is a book that I look forward to reading many times to my kids.” Amber Smith, June 30, 2014
Kate Salley Palmer, a native South Carolinian, is the author and/or illustrator of over 25 picture books for children. Her first book, A Gracious Plenty, was published by Simon and Schuster in 1991, and that followed How Many Feet in the Bed, a book she illustrated for Simon and Schuster, also in 1991. She also illustrated books for Albert Whitman (Night of the Five Aunties) and Boyds Mills Press (Octopus Hug and Upstairs). Warbranch Press is a regional press started by Kate and her husband Jim, a retired Clemson professor. Since starting their press, Warbranch has published 10 books. The books are available on the Warbranch website: www.warbranchpress.com, and across the state at bookstores and gift shops. Nationally, they are distributed by Amazon, Follett and Barnes and Noble.com. A former nationally syndicated political cartoonist, Kate makes regular presentations at schools, teacher conferences, book festivals and book clubs. She also talks at DAR meetings, county museums and writing conferences about her books. Her books for children are largely categorized into family stories and books about South Carolina history. Her books, Francis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Fox and Palmetto: Symbol of Courage are used throughout the state to enhance the historical literacy of young students.