Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle

Crossing Bok Chitto

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.Thus begins Crossing Bok Chitto, told by award-winning Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle an...

Details Crossing Bok Chitto

TitleCrossing Bok Chitto
Release DateApr 1st, 2006
PublisherCinco Puntos Press
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Historical, Historical Fiction, Cultural

Reviews Crossing Bok Chitto

  • Jessaka
    CROSSING BOK CHITTOBeautiful 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 ...
  • Elizabeth
    In Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle, the author combines the stories of two cultures into a unique 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. As is 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’...
  • Casey Strauss
    This is a picture book inspired by a song that the author heard on a trip to visit the Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians. Two young 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 sl...
  • 528_Laura
    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 pictu...
  • Katy
    Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom, by Jim Tingle, is a story of friendship, bravery, and liberation. The story takes place in Mississippi where a river called Bok Chitto was a boundary between the Indian nation of the Choctaws, and the plantation owners and their slaves. If the slaves were able to cross the river to the Choctaw side they would be free. One day a Choctaw girl named Martha Tom was sent to look for blackb...
  • Meredith
    A beautifully written and illustrated story about First Nations people helping slaves escape to freedom. A story of friendship and trust.
  • ~☆~Autumn♥♥
    A wonderful story of a great miracle. I cried. Its a children story so you can read it very fast and the illustrations are very beautiful. I hope to find more of his books.
  • Lindsey
    AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH LITERATURE AWARD (2008)Format: Picture bookAge level: ElementaryProtagonist: Martha Tom, a young Choctaw girlReview: This story tells about the relationship between a young Choctaw girl, named Marth Tom, and a slave boy. Bok Chitto is a river that divided the plantation owners, where slaves were kept, from the Choctaw community. One day, Marth Tom crossed the river and came across a secret slave worship ceremony. Here she me...
  • Taneka
    Martha Tom is sent out to find blackberries. On her way, she crosses the Bok Chitto River to the side where plantation owners live with their slaves. She comes across a group of slaves singing and befriends a boy named Moses. Moses’ family is in need of help, because his mother has been sold and he asks Martha to help them. The family crosses the river with the help of the Choctaw women, leaving the overseers on the slave side thinking that the...
  • Mary
    The story Crossing Bok Chitto is a story about Martha Tom a young Choctaw girl. She lived along the banks of the Bok Chitto a river that separated her village from the plantations. Her and her people were free, but across the river those of color were slaves. One day Martha crossed the river via a secrete stone path inches below the muddy water to pick black berries. While in search of berries she became lost. A young slave boy by the name of Mo ...
  • Emma Hughes
    "Crossing BOK Chitto" was a surprising, heartwarming and insightful historical fiction story of two friends living in different worlds. Taking place in Mississippi before the Trail of Tears, it tells the story of Martha Tom, a Choctaw girl, and an African American boy, Mo, whose forbidden friendship ends up being a source of hope in scary times. I love how this story is centered around the history of American Indians and African Americans and the...
  • Crista
    2008 American Indian Youth Literature Award Winner2007 Jane Adams Award Honor BookThis 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 sh...
  • A_Cathi
    This story of a Native American girl and her unlikely friendship with an African American slave from the other side of the Bok Chitto River touched my heart. It is told on the side of the Choctaw and has been told for generations and now is written and illustrated in beautiful muted painted colors. Nothing stands out in the illustrations, the reader has to look carefully at all of them to take in all of the landscape. Martha Tom is the Choctaw gi...
  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    Overall, I enjoyed this tale of Choctaws helping slaves escape to freedom. The reason I'm giving it 3 stars instead of 4 is because the illustrations seemed a bit stiff to me, and because the story was believable and realistic up until the escaping slave family became invisible. That was a jarring bit of fantasy in an otherwise beautiful story. The historical information provided at the end provided an interesting background to the tale. This boo...
  • Eden
    Martha Tom knows she's not supposed to cross Bok Chitto, but she does one day in search of blackberries. Martha Tom hides behind a bush when she hears someone and soon she is discovered by a tall slave. He instructs his son, Little Mo, to help Martha Tom get home. A friendship begins between Martha Tom, Little Mo and his family.A unique and wonderful story about friendship and freedom. It is based on Choctaw lore and I thought it was a great stor...
  • Stacy
    This book is beautiful. From the illustrations to the moving, touching story itself. This is a must read for all. Old and young alike.
  • Charlie Hersh
    Children would need a lot of historical background in order to understand this book (eg slavery in the American South), but once they get there, the narrative of helping others in need is clear. The author writes how this book started out as an oral story and the plot structure probably works a bit better when read out loud. I especially loved the mini-essay in the back about modern Choctaws.
  • Susan Morris
    Neat story, based on Choctaw history. I did not know the Choctaw were from Mississippi & were first Indians removed on the Trail of Tears. (Library)
  • Jen
    I appreciate Tim Tingle's telling of a Choctaw story that's been told from generation to generation. Please do read the author's notes at the back of the book. It's a fascinating bit of history about the Choctaws and the slaves.Great read-aloud for 4th grade and up.
  • Erin Ramai
    Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom is appropriate for children in grades 2-4. It was a Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book for younger children in 2007. 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 ...
  • Jessica LeBaron
    Crossing Bok ChittoTim TingleIn 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 th...
  • Glory
    Excellent picture book! The emotionally nuanced illustrations pair beautifully with this heartwarming story about friendship, family and a brave Choctaw community who became like angels for an escaping slave family
  • Chester Richmond
    This fictional picture book details the story of a unique relationship between the Chotaw natives and runaway slaves from across the river. Through various interactions each community helped the other developing a bond between them. The slaves help a lost native girl back to the river in one instance and in another the Choctaw guide runaways across the river dressed as angels with shining candles. It was known that once the slaves crossed the riv...
  • Carly
    Summary: 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, Marth...
  • Eloise Davis
    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 h...
  • Esther Storrie
    "Crossing Bok Chitto" tells the story of a deep , but forbidden friendship between Martha Torn, a Choctaw girl, and Little Mo, an enslaved boy. The book is set in the American South before the Civil War. The Choctaw Nation is on one side of the Choctaw River, or Bok Chitto. They are free, but the black slaves on the plantation on the other side of the river are not. After Martha crosses the river in search of blackberries using secret stones the ...
  • Laura Noto
    Summary-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...
  • Karen
    Crossing Bok Chitto is a book about a young Choctaw girl, Martha Tom, who is sent out to find blueberries for her mother. Since she can not find any on her side of the river, Martha Tom crosses the Bok Chitto River. She not only finds blueberries, but she also find a slave church ceremony. When she is discovered, Little Mo's dad asks Little Mo to help her get back across the river. The two develop a friendship, and she crosses the river many time...
  • Mackenzie Midles
    This book does an exceptional job of blending both the African American and Native American culture, Choctaw. The history behind this book goes as far back as the 1900’s when African Americans were owned by plantation owners. The Bok Chitto River flows between Mississippi which during the 1900’s was a boundary for slaves and if they crossed it they were condemned free. The story is about a friendship between Martha Tom, a Choctaw girl, and an...