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Saltypie by Tim Tingle
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In "Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light" by Tim Tingle, a young Choctaw-American boy reflects on the life his grandmother has lived. They spend time together feeding chickens and inspecting the eggs. The boy talks about the day when he was six and discovered that his grandmother was blind. He had never known! He also tells the story of his grandmother's moving from Oklahoma to Texas and the boy who threw a stone at her just because she was an Indian. The book culminates with his grandmother's eye surgery and her opportunity to see her grandchildren for the first time ever. This book will be special, of course, for Choctaw and other Native American readers with similar stories of not only prejudice but also of family togetherness and hope. It also will be important for non-Indian readers who need to see authentic representations of modern Indians in literature, to learn that the outdated and often incorrect images we have of Native Americans in teepees and hunting buffalo do not reflect the Native American peoples who live and work and learn alongside us today.

An afterward written by the author and titled "How Much Can We Tell Them?" provides more information on Tim Tingle's life, his thoughts on being an Indian, the stereotypical thoughts many non-Indians still hold about Indians, and his hope for how we can begin to represent Indians more authentically. The book is an informative and touching tribute, best for first- through fifth-grade readers.

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May 31, 2013 – Shelved
May 31, 2013 – Shelved as: edt-7220-slm-resources-for-children
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June 5, 2013 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Bange Another excellent review. I agree with your assessment: a wonderful realistic fiction story about life as a Native American.

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