Jenny of the Tetons

Jenny of the Tetons

by Kristiana Gregory
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Jenny of the Tetons 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
We read Gregory's The Legend of Jimmy Spoon, and Jimmy Spoon and the Pony Express, and thought that they were fair. Perhaps her best known book is Jenny of the Tetons, based on the true story of Richard "Beaver Dick" Leigh, an English trapper who lived in what was to become Idaho, his Shoshone wife, whom he named Jenny, and their family, told by a fictional character, Carrie Hill, whose father brought his family from England to Missouri. The Hills then decided to go to Oregon, but their wagon train was ambushed by Indians; Mr. and Mrs. Hill were killed and Carrie believed that all her brothers and sisters were killed too, so she is adopted by the Leighs. Jenny herself had lost her family as well and her new first husband too, a French trapper, on her wedding night in a raid by a neighboring tribe, before marrying Beaver Dick. In the end, Jenny and all the Leigh children die of smallpox, but Carrie, who married neighbor Miles Alexander, finds that at least one of her brothers survived the attack. It really is an interesting story, but the language is so atrocious that Karen stopped reading it because it was so bad. I suppose authors think they have to throw cursing and swearing into a story like this to make it "authentic." However, I would argue that it is simply not appropriate period in works identified as "juvenile fiction," and for that matter is annoying even to adults who want to keep their minds pure. There is also one scene where Carrie overhears Beaver Dick and Jenny "moving under the covers" after they have all gone to bed, and many references to drinking alcohol and using tobacco are found. If it were not for the language, I would give this book a better rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jenny of the Tetons is a classic story! Carrie Hill hates the indians because they killed her family. After she is orphaned she has no place to go to but to Beaver Dick's cabin, with his indian wife, Jenny Leigh. At first she is hostile to Jenny, but Carrie soon realizes Jenny is not at all like the indians who hurt her family. I liked, no LOVED this story because it told how Carrie Hill overcomes her hatred for Indians, falls in love, and with a little surprise at the end, lives happily ever after! I love these kind of stories!!!!