She Sang Promise
The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader
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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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National Geographic Kids, 9781426305924, 48pp.
Publication Date: March 9, 2010
About the Author
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.