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She Sang Promise is the compelling and inspiring story of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, one of modern America’s first female elected tribal leader. With its lyrical, poetic text, and rich, vibrant illustration, this is a book to charm and amaze young readers.
Betty Mae Tiger Jumper was born in 1923, the daughter of a Seminole woman and a white man. She grew up in the Everglades under dark clouds of distrust among her tribe who could not accept her at first. As a child of a mixed marriage, she walked the line as a constant outsider. Growing up poor and isolated, she only discovered the joys of reading and writing at age 14. An iron will and sheer determination lead her to success, and she returned to her people as a qualified nurse. When her husband was too sick to go to his alligator wrestling tourist job, gutsy Betty Mae climbed right into the alligator pit! Storyteller, journalist, and community activist, Betty Mae Jumper was a voice for her people—ultimately becoming the first female elected Seminole tribal leader.
Lisa Desimini’s stunning folk-style artwork brings this gripping tale and the lush Everglades setting to life. The book has been vetted by the Seminole Indian Museum.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2–6—Young readers are introduced to the life and accomplishments of an amazing person: the first woman ever to be elected as a tribal leader of the Florida Seminole Tribe. As a young girl, Jumper demanded to learn to read, sought the education and training needed to become a nurse, and returned to her people to fight diseases and maladies that could easily be avoided with proper medical attention. Annino tells her story in free verse, but supplements the telling with a wealth of information at the back, including a time line of Seminole presence in Florida, an afterword by Jumper's son, and a more inclusive exposition of the woman's life. The book also contains an extensive glossary. The narrative itself has only a few headings that indicate specific years and places, which may lead to some confusion as to when a particular phase of her life ends and the next begins. The illustrations are richly detailed and bring attention to design elements found in traditional Seminole objects and cloth. This book will serve as a wonderful addition to studies of the contributions Seminoles have made—and continue to make—and will also add to the growing number of biographies of women whose strong leadership has made a difference in the lives of many people.—
Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID
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About the Author
J.G. Annino is a journalist and writer, whose previous books include
Florida’s Famous Animals and
Scenic Driving Florida. She lives in Tallahassee, FL.
Lisa Desimini studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has written and illustrated numerous children’s books. She lives in New York, NY.