The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race yThis story A wonderful story of a great miracle I cried Its a children story soou can read it very fast and the illustrations are very beautiful I hope to find of his books This book is beautiful From the illustrations to the moving touching story itself This is a must read for all Old and oung alike This is a beautiful story about friendship freedom and faithMartha Tom is a Choctaw Indian living on the Knife river in Mississippi This river is the boundary between freedom and slaves The Choctaw have built a way to cross the river They built up a bridge under the surface of the water so ou can walk across and under the surface of the water so Make You Mine you can walk across and looks likeou are walking through water Martha crossed one day to berry pick and she found slaves going to church She became friends with a boy Time moves on Later the slave owner sells this boys mother and the whole family decide to try and cross
The River To Freedom To Stay Together I Don T river to freedom to stay together I don t to give away the ending It s so beautiful how they cross that nightThis is the story that is told about what happened that night It is before the trail of tears I assume there is some historical accuracy about the story and I m also sure the story has been crafted by time to make a good storyMy opinion of the book is this is a great story I learned something and I enjoyed reading it I m glad I did I think this type of story is what a children s book can do so wellThe nephew thought parts of the book were sort of good He liked the bridge under the water so it looked like More Than a Princess (The Montevaro Monarchy you were somehow magic to cross that river He did say it was a long story and he thought the ending was really good He was tense during the finish of the story and he loved how the family got out of bondage He ended up giving this 3 stars which for him is a big deal This is a picture book inspired by a song that the author heard on a trip to visit the Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians Twooung children Martha Tom a member of the Choctaw tribe and Mo short for Moses a black slave become friends even though the Bok Chitto River separates them On one side live the Choctaws Martha s tribe on the other is plantation owners and their slaves Mo s family The first page tells the reader If a slave escaped and made his way across Bok Chitto the slave was free The slave owner could not follow That was the law The two become friends one day when Martha finds herself lost and needs help finding her way back home Through Martha Mo learns about the Choctaw way of life their ceremonies and their music Through Mo Martha learns English
She Listens To The Preaching listens to the preaching his church and gets to know his family Their friendship grows over time until one day when Mo s mother is sold into slavery and he comes to Martha for help Tim Tingle weaves a story that captivates the reader It tells of a friendship that takes place in the south and is based on a true story of a Choctaw family that used to help runaway slaves cross the Bok Chitto River This is a versatile picture book that could work in a varying range of classrooms Students in grades 2 4 will enjoy listening to the story of the two friends and the vivid paintings of Jeanne Rorex Bridges bring the words to life This book can be paired with other picture books set during the same time period in history depicting slaves striving to be free For middle school students to read Tim Tingle has also written a collection of stories from the Choctaw tribe entitled Walking the Choctaw Road Older students in grades 5 8 will have the opportunity to learn about the oral traditions of story telling as there is a section written by the author in the back of the book that connects the story to the rich history of the Choctaw Indians Tim Tingle writes Set in the old south Crossing Bok Chitto is an Indian book written by Indian voices and painted by an Indian artist There is much for students to gain by experiencing this story and learning about the traditions of the Choctaw tribe as well as discussing the themes of friendship perseverance and faith A beautifully written and illustrated story about First Nations people helping slaves escape to freedom A story of friendship and trust Picture books are never just for children This is a wonderful story that helped me know about the relationship between African Americans and the Choctaws. Her side A tall slave discovers Martha Tom A friendship begins between Martha Tom and the slave's family most particularly his oung son Little Mo Soon afterwards Little Mo's mother finds out that she is going to be sold The situation seems hopeless except that Martha Tom teaches Little Mo's family how to walk on water to their freed.
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Ed African slaves themselves The narrative clearly states that once slaves crossed the Bok Chitto they were free Should the reader assume that this only applied to slaves owned by whites Or perhaps that this particular Chocktaw community didn t include any slave owners It s disappointing to see that Tingle s informative afterword while it does discuss the subseuent Trail of Tears doesn t mention the complicated historical record of Chocktaw slave owning or the Chocktaw alliance with the Confederacy It s not that I expect those aspects of the history to take center stage that isn t the story being told here after all but the fact that they were entirely left out of an afterword meant to give historical and cultural background makes me uncomfortable I don t know that the absence of this complicated history ruins the book I still gave it four stars after all but it s something I think readers should be aware of CROSSING BOK CHITTOBeautiful story telling and illustrations This is a children s book that even an adult can enjoyMy friend here in Cherokee County told me about this book how she knew of the artist Jeanne Bridges a Cherokee woman from around here Tim Tingle the writer is a storyteller I have only listened to two Cherokee storytellers and both kept me spell bound just as this book did but I admit listening to story telling is much betterThis book made me think of the Indian belief that ou could make Halftime with Craig yourself invisible by chanting just a few words that even I tried once and they seemed to work But in this case it was a black boy who taught his new Indian friend Martha Tom how to become invisible ifou walked slow but not too slow My husband taught me that if The Year the Maps Changed you didn t moveou would not be seen because it is movement that draws attention and so we tried it together and I saw that it worked I intuitively used his method once when I was Daughter of the Moon (Tales of Inthya, young woman and believe it saved my life but that is another story In this case in this story movement is necessaryThe story beings There is a river called Bok Chitto that cuts though Mississippi In the days before the War Between the States in the days before the Trail of Tears Bok Chitto was a boundary On one side of the river lived the Choctaws a nation of Indian people On the other side lived the plantation owners and their slaves If a slave escaped and made his way across Bok Chitto the slave was free The slave owner could not follow That was the law and this was the story that Tim Tingle had once heard when he as in MississippiMartha aoung Choctaw girl lives on one side of the Bok Chitto River with her tribe and she was told to never cross the river to the other side but what child ever listens I know many doIn the river there was a path made of flat rocks that the
Choctaws Had Built Rocks Thathad built rocks that could walk on in order to get across to the other side rocks that the plantation owners could not see because they were just under the water Because they were hard to see ou had to memorize this path in order to not fall into the riverMartha learned to cross this river one day when she wanted to pick blackberries on the other side but after picking the berries she became lost in the woods and could not find the river She came to a clearing where she saw rolled logs set in a circle She found a log and sat down on it but then a black man came to this clearing and called out We are bound for the promised land She uickly hid in the bushes and just as she had and seeing no one other than this man a hundred voices cried out in a ghost like whispers We are bound for the promised land Martha makes friends with the blacks And One Family In Particular one family in particular oung son helps her to get home safely by teaching her how to become invisible to the plantation owners After that she and the boy Mo become close friends and so Unstuck you see she crosses the river again and again in order to spend time with him and she also learns English and goes to their church The story continues but I will leaveou here in their church with the choir singing Shall We Gather at the River I know that changed the mood of my review but I couldn t help myself Just think of me as the Cherokee Trickster Rabbit who is prone to humorously inappropriate behavior or in this case writing I just thought that that song was appropriate for. The slave was free Thus begins Crossing Bok Chitto told by award winning Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle and brought to life with the rich illustrations of Jeanne Rorex BridgesMartha Tom a oung Choctaw girl knows better than to cross Bok Chitto but one day in search of blackberries she disobeys her mother and finds herself on the ot. .
In Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle the author combines the stories of two cultures into a uniue tale In the story the Bok Chitto River cuts through Mississippi On the one side lived slaves On the
other side lived the Choctaw Tribe If a slave escaped across the river they were free Asside lived the Choctaw Tribe If a slave escaped across the river they were free As expected Choctaw girl crosses the river and meets a slave boy and they become friends In the end the Choctaw tribe is called upon to save the boy s family from the slave catchers I enjoyed this story very much One of the strengths of this book was the way the author who is known for his ghost stories and storytelling and the illustrator create some very beautiful and ghostlike images within the pages I like the way the author combined different cultural aspects of the Native and African American groups I was disappointed at the end of the book The author included some history of the Choctaw people and their storytelling but didn t expand or supplement the tale While the information given was helpful and interesting I would have hoped for some background as to where the story originated This picture book would be a great story for grades 2 and up It not only could be used in lessons on friendship slaverycivil war and civil rights but would provide examples for the genres of folklore and historical fiction Of the other Tim Tingle books I read A Choctaw Journey from Darkness Into Light and When Turtle Grew Feathers this was my favorite2008 American Indian Youth Literature Award Winners Crossing Bok Chitto describes the power of friendship in the late 1800 s in Mississippi A Choctaw girl named Martha Tom meets a plantation boy named Little Mo as she crosses the forbidden river to fetch blueberries for her mother Although her family disagrees their growing friendship allows Martha Tom to help this planation family escape as their mother is threatened to be sold Author Tim Tinkle is a noted storyteller This wonderful picture book would be an excellent read aloud as it is told in a rhythmic nature Intermediate readers would enjoy this imaginative tale Students could discuss the power of friendship and the leap of faith Martha Tom and Little Mo took becoming friends in a very racially and ethnically separate world The illustrator captures each character beautifully representing their personalty and facial featu Beautifully illustrated and powerfully told Crossing Bok Chitto is a moving tale of friendship a friendship that traverses not just the geographical boundary of the Bok Chitto River also spelled Bogue Chitto but the boundaries of culture and race as well When Martha Tom a oung Chocktaw girl living in the Mississippi of the early 1800s before the time of the Trail of Tears or the coming of the Civil War wanders across the forbidden Bok Chitto while searching for some blueberries she is befriended by the members of an underground slave church and guided back to the river by Little Mo an African American boy her own age A friendship develops as the two children go back and forth across Bok Chitto and when Little Mo s family is faced with a brutal separation after his mother is sold away he turns to Martha Tom and her community for helpThis story of a Chocktaw community that aids a runaway slave family in antebellum Mississippi is inspirational and according to Tim Tingle s afterword has been passed down through the generations in the oral tradition of that community The illustrations by artist jeanne rorex bridges are lovely with artist Jeanne Rorex Bridges are lovely with distinctive folk sensibility reminded me at times of a uilt Many of the scenes are dominated by somber browns and muted lavenders but the effect is intense rather than drab and makes the appearance of lighter shades as when the white garbed Chocktaw women guide Little Mo s family across the river all the striking All in all Crossing Bok Chitto is an outstanding book one with strong narrative and aesthetic appeal and one which explores an important aspect of American history the interaction between Native American and African American communities in the SouthThat said while I understand that Tingle is telling a particular story one in which runaway slaves are sheltered by the Chocktaw I found myself wondering how all of this this suares historically speaking with the fact that some Chocktaw people own. There is a river called Bok Chitto that cuts through Mississippi In the days before the War Between the States in the days before the Trail of Tears Bok Chitto was a boundary On one side of the river lived the Choctaws On the other side lived the plantation owners and their slaves If a slave escaped and made his way across Bok Chitto.