Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, a Seminole woman, born in 1923, grows up in the Everglades. She walks the line of an outsider since her mother is native and her father is white, and the tribe cannot fully accept her at first. Ultimately she becomes the first Native American woman elected tribal leader in North America.
"She Sang Promise" is the compelling and inspiring story of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, one of modern America's first female elected tribal leader. With its lyrical, poetic text, and rich, vibrant illustration, this is a book to charm and amaze young readers. 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.
J.G. Annino is a journalist and writer, whose previous books include Florida's Famous Animals and Scenic Driving Florida. She lives in Tallahassee, FL. 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.
Commended for Florida Book Award (Children's Literature) 2010