Twelve-year-old Jimmy Spoon yearns for a life of adventure. So when two Shoshoni boys offer him a horse, Jimmy sneaks away from his family in Salt Lake City to follow the boys. When Jimmy arrives at the Shoshoni camp, he discovers that he is expected to stay-as a member of the tribe!
Inspired by the memoirs of a white man who actually lived with Chief Washakie's tribe as a boy in the mid-1800s, The Legend of Jimmy Spoon is a compelling coming-of-age adventure. 4-1/2 X 7.
Author Biography: Kristiana Gregory has been a reporter, an editor, and a children's book reviewer. She is also the author of Earthquake at Dawn and Jenny of the Tetons, which was a Golden Kite Award winner and an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. She lives in Boise, Idaho.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Series:||Great Episodes Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.09(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.52(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
KRISTIANA GREGORY is the author of Earthquake at Dawn, The Legend of Jimmy Spoon, and Jenny of the Tetons, which won a Golden Kite Award and was an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. She began writing when she was eight years old. She has worked as a reporter, an editor, and a children's book reviewer. She lives with her family in Boise, Idaho.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gregory's best known book is probably Jenny of the Tetons, about a young Indian woman married to a white man in nineteenth century Wyoming. Her two Jimmy Spoon books, this one and Jimmy Spoon and the Pony Express (1994), are based upon the life of a real character, Elijah Nicholas Wilson, who wrote Among the Shoshones about his own experiences. In the first, twelve-year Jimmy Spoon is lured away from his family in Salt Lake City, UT, by Indians, is adopted into the Shoshoni tribe of Chief Washakie, and chooses to remain with them for almost three years as the son of the chief's mother, during which time he falls in love with Nahanee, until the possibility of war between the Indians and the whites forces him to return to his home. In the second, Jimmy, now almost eighteen, leaves his three years of work in his father's store to ride on the Pony Express and finally returns to the Shoshoni to marry Nahanee. The author says that she is "writing for young readers." The books are well written and interesting to read, but there are occasional euphemisms for taking the Lord's name in vain and cursing (e.g., Lordy, darned). Worse yet, while she does point out that the Indians fought among themselves, she says that the books "are for my Native American friends," and there seems to be a subtle implication that the Indian way of life was perhaps superior to the whites. This may have been the conclusion that the original character upon whom the books are based concluded, but to me it is a bit one-sided. Of course, Jimmy is evidently from a Mormon background, and if I had to choose between the Mormon way of life (it is specifically mentioned in the books that Brigham Young lived in Salt Lake City with his many wives and that two of Jimmy's sisters married the same man) and the Indian way of life, it would be difficult. There are also a few rather gruesome scenes where scalpings and other killings are described in some vivid detail. All in all, they are not bad books, but I have read better.
Jimmy Spoon was a very awesome book and I recommend it to 6th graders around the world hope you read it.