Whitey and Jinglebob

Eric Luck

This treasured semi-classic literature is the story of ten-year old Whitey, who wore a "hand-me-down Stetson with a rattlesnake-skin hatband onto it, and a pair of Uncle Torwal's fancy-stitched Fort Worth boots." Whitey and his friend, Jinglebob stay with Whitey's Uncle Torwall for a time in Lone Tree County with no mention of why such an arrangement might occur. I double dog dare you to find that county in the USA. Not there. They build a bucking contraption that makes a fool out of a cowboy from Texas who thought a little too much of himself.

Although a simple story with no malice in its heart, the book is filled with political incorrectness for the 2000s, the least of which is Whitey's name. The book was written/illustrated by Glen Rounds and published in 1946. Mr. Rounds penned an entire series of Whitey stories, but this is the only one I ever had.

Catherine's description of the project was elegant and pleasant. I don't think she had Whitey and Jinglebob in mind, but here they are anyway.

It was my favorite book as a child in the 1950s and I rescued it from my mother's things in the late 1970s before it could be thrown out. It still makes me laugh. It might tell you something that I even know where it is.

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