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Father and I Were Ranchers (The Little Britches Series Book 1) [UNABRIDGED] Audio CD – Unabridged, June 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: The Little Britches Series Book 1
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Books in Motion; Unabridged edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581161840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581161847
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ralph Moody's books should be read aloud in every family circle in America." --Chicago Tribune

"Enthusiastically recommended for young and old." --Library Journal

"As bright and clean as clear water bubbling over rocks in trout steam." --New York Times

"Enthusiastically recommended for young and old." --Library Journal

"As bright and clean as clear water bubbling over rocks in trout steam." --New York Times

About the Author

Ralph Moody (1898-1982) was a working cowboy from the age of ten, a trick rodeo rider, and a student of good horseflesh. He is the author of Come on Seabiscuit! as well as the Little Britches series about a boy's life on a Colorado ranch.

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When reading the book to your child, you can just skip over those words.
C. Savage
Boys will particularly like the main character, who is a fine example and role model for our children.
K. Gray
I am an elementary librarian and I read this book to my fifth graders every year.
L. Miller

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Miller on November 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I am an elementary librarian and I read this book to my fifth graders every year. This is one of the best loved series of books in our school's library. The children relish each chapter and protest each time I put the book down. Parents, if you would like your child to read a book that has the same good old fashioned morals that are found in the Louisa May Alcott books, then buy this book. But better yet, read it aloud to your child. You'll love this series as much as your children do!

The first book, "Little Britches," opens around 1910 or so, as Ralph and his family arrive in Colorado to become ranchers. Ralph's father who used to work in a woolen factory on the east coast has developed a lung condition and needs the dry clean air found in the state of Colorado. The family arrives with high hopes, but are dismayed to see the state of their "ranch." Ralph's father decides to turn around and ship the family back to the east coast, but as he speaks he starts coughing again and his wife realizing that this is his only hope of surviving his lung condition, puts her foot down. The family stays and bit by bit turn the place into a real ranch.

There is plenty of action along the way to becoming ranchers. The day the family moves into their new ranch, their two old horses walk out onto the train trestle. One falls off and the other fall through and becomes trapped. Ralph's father, who is the real hero of this story, calmly figures out how to save them. The family also survives a twister, water wars, and a national bank failure that leaves the rest of the country penniless among other events.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Savage on April 28, 2010
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I am a homeschooling mom who bought this audio book for my 5 and 6 year old daughters to listen to on a three day road trip up north. I had heard great reviews about the book, but had never read it for myself. The story line is beautiful. I found this story so captivating that I hated having to stop for gas or food because I didn't want to have to turn it off. That said...parents of young children need to know that one of the characters in this story has a bit of a potty mouth. He frequently uses the D--- word. When reading the book to your child, you can just skip over those words. When you are listening to the audio book, there is not much you can do to avoid it. This particular character is a grown man (a rancher, in fact) and a neighbor to the main character. I don't think that the book is in any way advocating that sort of language, but parents need to have the "heads up" on this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader westcoast on April 17, 2006
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This is a great true story for ages 6-105. A little bit of cowboy language but going to the park is far worse. Action, adventure, joy, hardship, love of family & friends,... it's all there. Very eye opening. I'm so glad audio versions are coming out so we can enjoy them together on long car trips or when sick in bed. Worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leigh on December 2, 2013
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I love Ralph Moodly's books and was delighted to find this on an audio CD. The reason I marked it down was because I would have preferred the reader to just do a straight read through, without trying to do character voices. Not that he did a bad job, but from reading the books myself, I had formed completely different character personalities. I just like mine better, LOL
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gray on February 24, 2008
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My boys and I listened to this audiobook, then excitedly borrowed all the other ones in the series a few years ago. We're ready to listen to them all again, and I'd like to buy them this time--that's how good they are. Boys will particularly like the main character, who is a fine example and role model for our children.
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