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Saltypie by Tim Tingle
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Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light: Tingle, T., & Clarkson, K. (2010). Salty pie: A Choctaw journey from darkness into light. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.

Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light by Tim Tingle is a story about a six year old boy who gets a bee sting and his grandmother calls his hurt “saltypie”. This then brings back the memory and why she uses the word saltypie. A rock was thrown at her and her son so the blood coming out and thinking the blood was pie filling; he tastes it and calls it “saltypie”. Just like when the grandmother got hit with a stone and the boy getting stung by a bee the uncle explains it as “You just kind of shrug it off, say saltypie. It helps you carry on.” Many years later the whole family meets in a hospital where the grandmother finally goes under for eye surgery. The boy, who is now older, finally sees that even how blind she was she taught many people how to see. Saltypie is a great book to show a family story from the Native American culture. This is a true story from the author himself Tim Tingle and his families move from Oklahoma Choctaw country to Pasadena, Texas. A true story is one to learn from and in this 50-year storyline you hear the story of Choctaw grandmother and her orphan days at an Indian boarding school to the new life she lived in Texas. There are many strengths in this book such as it being a true story, showing the culture and what they went through, and learning a new word that has helped them overcome their hardships and find joy.

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April 23, 2015 – Shelved

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