Sal and Amanda Visit Walnut Grove Plantation takes readers on a tour of Walnut Grove Plantation they will never forget. The naughty twosome convinces classmates, Ben and Jennifer, to slip away from the tour guide and go on the adventure of their lives. Readers follow them as they hide in the trundle bed, relive the legend of the heroine, Kate Moore Barry, and even hear about the soldiers that were murdered right on the grounds of the plantation. They may even see the ghost of the Unknown Soldier who is buried in the cemetery. Readers learn about the African and Native American foods that were cooked on the plantation and sing songs of the Scots Irish. All is fun and games ‘til tragedy strikes! Will Sal and Amanda convince the children muster up their courage to save Walnut Grove?
Sal and Amanda Visit Walnut Grove Plantation has an accompanying activity book, Cool With Sal and Amanda. This book features learning tasks all children will enjoy. Readers will learn about the beginnings of the South Carolina Backcountry and its importance in the Revolutionary War. The activities share the daily life on a working farm and even have Sal and Amanda cutouts that have both work clothes and dress-up clothes. There are a variety of activities that include reading, writing, maps, science, music, and art. Teachers and parents appreciate that the activities are correlated to Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, the South Carolina State Standards for Social Studies and Language Arts for both 3rd and 4th grades and national language arts and history standards for ages 7-12.