I was in town yesterday and a friend and I went into an antique store. We were looking at books when I found this collection of Pocahontas books from 1995! I said, “Six new adventures for only $5.00?!” and I had to get it. So there are 6 books, about 54 pages each (give or take the decent sized text and a few pictures). Now, getting to Wiggins, I was very excited to read, “Keep and Eye On Meeko” because Wiggins had quite a bit to do with it. Here is a quick shot of the back cover:
What I liked about it is that I could see Wiggins saying the things in the story, it seemed very true to him and since we do not see much of him in the movie it was nice to read an “official” story with him, to get to know him better.
Since I can’t type out the whole book out, I thought I would add just a few favorite excerpts:
[Wiggins leaned over and patted Percy.
“What’s the matter, Percy?” he asked.
“Longing for your days in the sun with Governor Ratcliffe?”
Percy closed his eyes and began to nod.
“I long for those days too,” Wiggins said. “Two months ago, I was a respected manservant. Now I’m just a man!”]
*All the people of James Town wanted an inn but there were none so far so Wiggins decided he would build one.
[ “We want an inn!” grumbled another.
By the look on Wiggins’s face, Meeko could see that he had a bright idea.
“and you shall have one, gentlemen!”
Wiggins called above their angry voices.
“Tomorrow I shall recruit some brawny men to build an inn!”
The sailor with spectacles walked over to Wiggins. “You know, you look a bit like an innkeeper. All neat and clean!”
“Yeah! The type of block who puts his food on a plate!” a toothless sailor added.
Wiggins puffed out his chest. “Inkeeper as in ‘keeper of the inn’? As in ‘jolly landlord’?” he asked. This was it! His new purpose in life! He would be an in innkeeper!
“My inn will have the finest food and the finest guests, and I shall name it after the most important person in England.”
“King James!” the men shouted.
“No!” Wiggins cried.
He pulled a sliver locket from under his shirt and flicked it open. Inside was a tiny portrait of a woman wearing a lace cap. Flit buzzed over to get a closer look.
“My mother!” Wiggins sighed, staring at the locket. “How I do miss her!”]
[ When Meeko peeked inside, he saw Wiggins standing before an easel.
“A portrait of my mother will make the new inn complete!” Wiggins said.
Percy sat on a stool wearing a lace cap, a huge ruff collar, and a frock.
Meeko giggles as the lace cap became to slip over Percy’s eyes.
“I’m sorry you have to model,” Wiggins said. “But none of the men wanted to pose in a frock. I can’t understand why.” ]
I actually thought the entire story was decent; it had a nice plot and a cute ending. Enjoy the few short excerpts!