Nov 26, 2012
Taylor Cheney

Featuring SC Children’s Literature – “P is for Palmetto”

With only 26 letters in the English alphabet, it is difficult to highlight all of  South Carolina’s symbolic staples. However,  author Carol Crane manages to pinpoint the state’s flora, fauna, and fascinating culture in these short boundaries in P is for Palmetto: A South Carolina Alphabet. 

Crane cleverly presents a new identity that relates to the history of the Palmetto State with each letter. In doing so, Crane travels all over the state, ranging from Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand (for G) to the Upcountry (for U) while also providing a brief insight to its significance. As if the intricate watercolor illustrations don’t do enough (done by Mary Whyte) the book’s pages read like postcards – something you would want to share with a friend to show  South Carolina’s lush history and landscape. “P is for Palmetto, our official state tree,” she writes, “It’s also a symbol on our flag, respected by you and me.”

In addition to P is for Palmetto, Crane is also the author of 21 other children’s stories, including P is for Peach: A Georgia Alphabet  and S is for Sunshine: A Florida Alphabet.  The book is contagiously fun to read, especially for young readers who will be anxious to learn what the next letter will represent (if they are not too distracted by the beautiful artwork). In addition, the story also leaves the reader with ‘A Path Full of Facts’ with questions and answers about South Carolina that you can learn throughout the book.

Crane’s work has the ability to function as both a favorite bedtime story and a descriptive (and more entertaining) history book. In fact, it may even teach a thing or two to a parent or teacher reading this!