Thank you so much for your creative guidance and generous
hospitality. What a pleasure this Sumer Writing Circle has been.
– a literature teacher
Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your Writing
Circle. It has been wonderful! You are an inspiration and good
friend to me.
– children’s author
THANK YOU for such a wonderful day for our Kindergarten through 3rd grade students and teachers! I am attaching some photos from this unique experience you provided for our Little Mustangs. (Methinks) Betty Mae Tiger Jumper would be proud.
-award-winning public school art teacher
GOOD NEWS FOR SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader
SHE SANG PROMISE is a “Great Read for Kids & Teachers”, landing on a list of 52 books collected by the U.S. Library of Congress.
SHE SANG PROMISE is out in a SCHOLASTIC EDITION – for book clubs & book fairs.
FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS named SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumpers, Seminole Tribal Leader
the GOLD winner in Children’s Literature. This recognition will increase the chances that young readers will know more about Florida heritage & about the amazing Betty Mae Tiger Jumper.
THE NATIONAL COUNCIL for the SOCIAL STUDIES with THE CHILDREN’s BOOK COUNCIL,
placed SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader, on this 2010 recommended list:
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION news
THE ALA/Amelia Bloomer Project List named SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader, to its annual annotated bibliography of books for young readers that offer excellent role models of girl & women characters or real girls & women in non-fiction.
Online discussions include
testimonials for Lisa’s art, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper’s life in
She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader
by Jan Godown Annino, illustrated by Lisa Desimini, with an afterword letter to children from Moses Jumper, Jr.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Betty Mae Jumper is a woman ahead of her time and will inspire young people who face the world. Your story is informative and engaging. The illustrations are lovely. … I read it with delight as I was reminded of my early experience with the Seminole tribe in Miami…
retired library director Helen Moeller, Florida
It is truly beautiful & beautifully written. You are a terrific writer.
Adrian Fogelin, YA/middle grade author
Your combined arts have made this a picture book to keep.
Joan Broerman, past Regional Advisor, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
READING ROCKETS, a portion of the teevee world PBS family, recommends She Sang Promise in announcing a BIG SUMMER READ! Many other books listed, to hunt up at your library, too. I want to look at all of them but am especially intrigued with a new take on Sojourner Truth.
(Appreciations to The Storyhat Lady for sharing this news.)
National review sources (more details are over at the BOOKS page) include:
Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal & Booklist, which have also listed the Betty Mae Tiger Jumper story, She Sang Promise, as being a book to carry in your school library.
*Additionally, the May 25, 2010 issue online of School Library Journal, features a Bowllan’s Blog edition of Amy Bowllan’s series, “Writers Against Racism,” and that day there’s a Q/A about Betty Mae Tiger Jumper. The url link is hard to follow, so I don’t have it posted here. Sorry for the inconvenience.
*also from SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
“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.”
*Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library youth librarian/School Library Journal:
“…her writing is superb. There is a poetry to her words…”
*Adrian Fogelin, a writer of middle grade & Young Adult novels ( THE SORTA SISTERS, THE REAL QUESTION) that are more than quite fine, who is also a talented illustrator of nature & a quite-cool troubadour in the group Hot Tamale with songster Craig Reeder, has posted thusly:
* KISS THE BOOK says She Sang Promise is an essential school & library book
*Renaissance Learning has created a practice test about SHE SANG PROMISE, available to subscribers but the first online page is here with an RL-determined interest level (K-3) & book level (4.6) posted with o.5 Acelerated Reader points given for Griffendor. Not. But that was fun to write. It’s 0.5 points given to She Sang Promise.
TALLAHASSEE MAGAZINE May-June 2017 Kids’Lit Holds Lessons for All p. 103
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