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Jennie's Tiger is based on a true story. After rambling about the West chasing rainbows, Jennie and Wes Wooding homestead 160 acres near the Pend Oreille River in 1900. They bring with them three little boys and add a fourth. With Wes away in mines scattered across Washington and Idaho, Jennie raises the boys in a 14’ X 24’ cabin built by their own hands, and turns the land into a profitable farm, They arrive on a decrepit steamboat with little left after paying the fare. There are no winter shoes for the boys, no store at which to buy them, and when the river freezes over, no boat to bring any; so Jennie tans a piece of hide and makes moccasins. She sets the table with her .10-gauge and her fish hook. Her first team is the dog Si; the second is the cow Patience; finally she barters for her beloved cayuse Shorty and eventually builds a profitable pack business. Jennie starts the first school, the first store, and the first post office at Tiger’s Landing. It never occurs to her that she can’t do whatever needs doing. The love story of Wes and Jennie is runs throughout the novel as their four little boys grow into four strong loggers.

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