WILD JAKE HICCUP: The History of America's First Frontiersman by Sol M. Davidson

WILD JAKE HICCUP: The History of America's First Frontiersman

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The story of our tallest unknown folk hero, from his early days in colonial western ""Pennsylvanny"" to his epic battle with the young Paul Bunyan. Child of the inventor of the Lancaster rifle (illustrated in a left-handed version) and other home-grown Pennsylvania products, Jacob grew up to piny no small role in history: among other exploits, he is credited with single-handedly driving the French from Fort Duquesne, a turning point in the French and Indian War; suggesting a design for the US flag based on George Washington's pajamas; making Mike Fink the victim of the first April Fool's joke; urging Audubon to add a few birds to his paintings; and inspiring John Chapman, later known as Johnny Peachfuzz--no, Johnny Peanutshell...Johnny Apricotpit? Something like that--the nameless narrator can't quite remember. The tale is told in ""countrified"" prose and illustrated with small, simple line drawings. Readers can absorb a fair dose of history while enjoying the droll adventures of this animal-loving, generally peaceable giant.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1992
Page count: 164pp
Publisher: "House of the 9 Muses (Box 2974, Palm Beach, FL 33480)"