The Legend of Jimmy Spoon

The Legend of Jimmy Spoon

by Kristiana Gregory, K. Gregory
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jimmy Spoon was a very awesome book and I recommend it to 6th graders around the world hope you read it.