CONTRARY JENKINS by Rebecca & James Ayars Caudill


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A tall tale that stretches from the hill country of Tennessee to the Ozarks in the wake of Contrary Jenkins who can't be budged but can be gotten 'round--like the time he stops off with Dan'l and his old woman for three years until Dan'l wants his help planting corn; or the time he refuses to be thawed out of his stiff buffalo hide until Dan'l suggests he stay there for the rest of his life. But when it comes to getting a wife Contrary's undone by his orneriness: refusing to be hitched to the Widow Besty Sikes until the victuals are eaten, the singing and dancing are done, and he's gone on his honeymoon--alone--he finds on his return that the widow wasn't willing to wait seven years. Sly fun, drily done--the telling is spare and sharp, the drawings comical but not crotchety.

Pub Date: April 14th, 1969
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston