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Persimmon Jim: The Possum

Introduction & Contents
by Joseph Wharton Lippincott, 1924

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Introduction & Content

Persimmon Jim  --The 'Possum is a tale of the life of a real Virginia opossum by Joseph Wharton Lippincott.  While the story has been anthropomorphized, it does provide real insight into the habits of  Didelphis virginiana, the Virginia opossum as well as a bit of the connection to persimmons later in the year.  It is a quick read which speaks to a bit of the mystery of wild things.  Enjoy!

CONTENTS
Chapter Title Illustrations (coming soon)
Preface1 - Frontispiece: Climbing among the branches of the persimmon trees and watching the luscious fruit as it ripened.
1

Persimmon Jim

2 - His sharp toe nails. Front foot. Hind foot.
2

Possum Time


3

The New Den


4

A Narrow Escape

3 - The old 'possum had actually swum over.
5

A Fight In The Woods


6

The Rivals


7

Summer Nights

4 - His companion grew irritable and often quarrelled with him.

5 - The second time Jim saw the youngsters they were being carried on their mother's back.
8

Gray Cat Makes A Discovery

6 - He was game, however, and opened his jaws to flash his teeth.
9

Jim's Little Companion

10

Simmon Time

7 - She came out on Jim's limb and bent it so with her added weight that she nearly threw him off.
11

The Hunt

8 - Up and up, to the very tip of the tree.
12

The Chicken Thief

13

The Last 'Possum

9 - " Ya-hoo! I've got you at last! "
14

Shadows In The Night

15

Ed's Conscience