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
She Sang Promise is recommended by Kirkus, School Library Journal, Children’s Literature, ReadingRockets.org , 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.