- Paperback: 238 pages
- Publisher: RockHaven Publishing (December 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0991025903
- ISBN-13: 978-0991025909
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a whole, the stories do a good job of presenting the removal in a very personal, human way - politics aside, what did the removal mean for individuals? While candid and frank, the themes of the stories are never bitter or bleak, and heartache is leveled with just the right amount of humor.
History buffs will enjoy the editor's notes on each story, including which stories were based off of the authors' actual family histories (a majority of them were). Also helpful is the included glossary of Choctaw words (native words are used judiciously throughout the stories to lend authenticity without alienating its English-speaking audience.)
As a non-Choctaw, I was surprised by how engaged I felt by this book on a personal level. The first and last stories in the book both had me blinking back tears. I would recommend this book even if you know very little about the removal - "Touch my Tears" shares the Choctaw heritage in a very accessible and entertaining way.
Sarah Elizabeth Sawyer as editor has brought together stories of the trail of tears in the book “Touch My Tears”. Some of the stories were handed down through the generations in families, some are from historical facts. The stories show the good and bad – the pain and anguish the Choctaw endured and the courage, honor and faith they showed through it all. The stories will also leave you with your own tears - tears for those lost along the trail of tears.
I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I was given this book by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
Best for Ages: 10 and up
While I studied some about the Trail of Tears while I was in school, not a lot sunk in. This book was educational as well as entertaining.
This book is a collection of short stories that capture the feelings and the people that walked the Trail of Tears. While the stories varied in style, perspective, and ability, each of them was a glimpse into a people that were wronged, yet were resilient. All the stories were clean and could be used to teach homeschool kids about this time in history.
You could feel that each author felt a personal connection to what had happened. In fact, in reading their bios, I found that many of them are decedents of Choctaws that had walked the trail. That personal connection came out in each story and brought them to life.
The faith message varied from story to story. Some of the stories, finding God in the midst of pain or doing what is right when those around you are doing wrong, played a heavy part. Other stories said little to nothing about of matters faith. Some talked of The Great Spirit, or used that title even when referring to the God of the Bible.
Overall, this book was a great taste of what it was like for the Choctaw people during this dark time in their history. I highly recommend it to those who love history, Indians, and short story collections.
I was given this book by the editor. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
This book opens the eyes of the reader to the journey from many points of view. There is a young girl, animals, young man, a man who was to die in the new land and even a clay pot. Each story will break the heart as it opens the eyes to the way these people were treated when they were trying to fulfill their part of a promise. Sarah Elizabeth Sawyer did an excellent job in presenting the story of this journey. For the person who is interested in history of this country or the Native Americans I would highly recommend this book.
I was given this book by bookfun.org and the author, in exchange for my honest review.