Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom
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, the slave was free.
Beautiful story telling and illustrations. This is a children’s book that even an adult can enjoy.
My 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 better.
This book made me think of the Indian belief ...more
2007 Jane Adams Award Honor Book
This is a beautifully illustrated story about the Choctaw Indian village, a slave plantation and the river that divides them. The main character is a young Choctaw Indian girl, who stumbles upon a forbidden slave church while looking for blackberries. She is discovered by a slave who then asks a young boy to guide her back to the river. The two become friends and she eventually leads them to the boy and his family ...more
Martha Tom is the Choctaw girl who goes looking for blackberries across the fo ...more
A unique and wonderful story about friendship and freedom. It is based on Choctaw lore and I thought it was a great story with good illustrations.
Great read-aloud for 4th grade and up.
Recently, every time I read a book about slavery, whether it's a children's book or a novel, I learn something new. This was the case with Crossing Bok Chitto. Before the Civil War, the Choctaw Indians lived on one side of the Bok Chitto River, a river that cuts through the Mississippi. And plantation owners and slaves ...more
Crossing Bok Chitto
In Mississippi, there is a river called Bok Chitto. It used to be a border that separated a tribe of Choctaw Indians from plantation owners and slaves. There was a law in place that stated that if a slave managed to cross the Bok Chitto river, the slave would be considered a free man (or woman). One day, a Choctaw girl named Martha Tom was told by her mother to collect berries in a basket. Martha Tom saw berries on the other side of the Bok Chitto river, so she cross ...more
Cutting though the Mississippi is a river called Bok Chitto. This river was a boundary between the Choctaws and the plantation owners along with their slaves. If a slave was able to escape and make their way across the Bok Chitto, the slave was to be considered free. A small Choctaw girl named Martha Tom understood the rules of the river, but one day she was feeling extra curious, so she went on a hunt for blackberries. Eventually, Martha found her way onto the other side of the river, ...more
Crossing Bok Chitto is a picture book for students in 2nd through 4th grade. It follows a young girl, Martha Tom, who is Native American and lives in the South near the Bok Chitto River. She crosses the river (after being told not to), gets lost, and finds a makeshift church for slaves. A boy named Little Mo helps her get back to the river and their friendship begins. Shortly after that, the boy’s mother is sold and their family decides to run away. The girl and her tribe help the boy’s ...more