Saltypie

Saltypie

When a young boy gets stung by a bee, he runs to his grandmother, Mawmaw, who tells him that was quite a saltypie. She knows all about saltypies. When Mawmaw was young and her family moved to Texas from Oklahoma, she woke up in her new home, walked out on the porch early in the morning and found herself the target of a rock in the face thrown by a neighbor boy. Decades later she lives with her extended family and she is the grandmother...the blind grandmother. Her courage and tenacity have given her great strength and now in her late years she is finding happiness. The family talks about their saltypies which are the troubles that come to them from nowhere...including the prejudice against them... they are Native Americans. The book closes with a moving scene at the hospital with Mawmaw undergoing an operation to improve her sight. She who has taught so many to see will now take a chance to see with her own eyes for the first time in decades. The editors' note includes a narrative on the Choctaw Trail of Tears. This family is a Choctaw family and the book hopes to break the stereotypes of American Indians in our movies books and culture.  Ages  7-11

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