by Ralph Moody
Reviewed December 6, 2001.
A Sonderbooks' Best Book of 2001
Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press. 1991.
(Originally written in 1950.) 260 pages
Available at Sembach Library (JF MOO).
My sister had a copy of Little Britches
we were kids, and I read it more than once. About six years
ago, I bought the whole series and enjoyed them all just as much.
We read the first one to my oldest son, back when he was 8, and now have
started reading them to both boys.
You can think of these books as sort of a Little House
On the Prairie
series for boys. Personally, I like them
better--they include much more action and humor. Ralph Moody
was 8 years old in 1906 when his family moved to a ranch in Colorado,
at the start of Little Britches.
Things did not go
well for them, and it makes an amazing adventure story. Young Ralph
had a passion for horses that perhaps surpassed his abilities.
He had a tendency to act first and ask permission later. While laughing
at his antics, we develop a deep respect for his wise and loving parents
and their gentle but firm guidance. Here are true Family Values
I highly recommend these books. They are well worth
the price and make for uplifting family reading.
Amazon links for the whole series:
Man of the Family
The Home Ranch
Mary Emma and Company
The Fields of Home
Shaking the Nickel Bush
The Dry Divide
Horse of a Different Color
Copyright © 2005 Sondra Eklund.
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