She Sang Promise

Library of Congress, appreciations for the ONE of 52 GREAT READS designation.
Library of Congress, appreciations for the ONE of 52 GREAT READS designation.

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Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, the subject of SHE SANG PROMISE, is honored in the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame & by her traditional singing recorded on two Smithsonian music CDs. She was a teen on her first day of Kindergarten, where she couldn’t read or write English. She became a path-setting nurse, newspaper editor, an author and a legendary storyteller for her people.


She served a U.S. President on an advisory committee.

In 1967, she was the first woman elected a leader of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. And, she also wrestled alligators.

SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper,  Seminole Tribal Leader from National Geographic Society 2010     ISBN 978.1.4263.0592.4
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She Sang Promise is recommended by Kirkus,  School Library Journal, Children’s Literature, , Reading is Fundamental, U.S. Library of Congress Book Festival & others.

It is listed by the American Library Association as a 2011 Amelia Bloomer Project Top 10 Book.

It is part of the Accelerated Reader program, although I hope your young reader is delving into many many books that aren’t part of AR.

For more, please see this glow page .


 Ask Jan for added resources, including recommended viewing/reading, tilted toward materials created by members of various Tribes in the U.S. & Canada.