Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom

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Cinco Puntos Press, Apr 1, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
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When it was first published, Crossing Bok Chitto took readers by surprise. This moving and original story about the intersection of Native and African Americans received starred reviews and many awards, including being named an ALA Notable Children's Book and a Jane Addams Honor Book. Jeanne Rorex Bridges' illustrations mesmerized readers—Publishers Weekly noted that her “strong, solid figures gaze squarely out of the frame, beseeching readers to listen, empathize and wonder.”

Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle blends songs, flute, and drum to bring the lore of the Choctaw Nation to life in lively historical, personal, and traditional stories.

Artist Jeanne Rorex Bridges traces her heritage back to her Cherokee ancestors.

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User Review  - MelissaKlatt - LibraryThing

Summary: The story of a young Choctaw girl named Martha Tom, who crosses the Bok Chitto, the river that marked the boundary of freedom for Native Americans. After crossing the river, Martha meets an ... Read full review

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User Review  - PolyDrive - LibraryThing

This book provides a simple story but packs in bits of history, geography, and acceptance. I learned about a people and their history of helping African Americans during the time of slavery. This ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle makes his living telling stories and teaching folklore at schools, universities and festivals nationally. The Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers selected Tim as "Contemporary Storyteller of the Year" for 2001. Tim Tingle lives in Canyon Lake, Texas, near San Antonio. Artist Jeanne Rorex Bridges traces her heritage back to her Cherokee ancestors. Born in Oklahoma, her work is nationally known and has won many awards in Native American art shows, including the 2005 Best of Show at the Five Civilized Tribes Museum. Crossing Bok Chitto is her first fully illustrated book.

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