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Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers Paperback – September 1, 1991
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Little Britches is the first book in an autobiographical series. Ralph Moody (aka Little Britches) tells us about his family's move from the East and their struggles and triumphs as they scrape a living from a ranch in Colorado. Ralph is 9 years old, with an older sister and several younger siblings. The book is much more than a chronology of interesting and exciting events-- much more. It is rich in the values of honesty, family unity, ingenuity, and the pride of doing a task well.
There are many strong messages about building character -- earning trust, earning respect, and giving a man a good day's work. Ralph's wonderfully wise father is his primary teacher regarding the building of Ralph's "character house", but along the way Ralph meets other memorable men -- "Hi" the cowboy was our favorite. Ralph gets in several predicaments, doesn't always make the right choice, but takes to heart his father's wise counsel.
This book is a true treasure. I would recommend it for ages 5 and up as a read aloud. 10 and up to be read alone. A great read for adults too -- a "can't miss" present. Don't hesitate -- put it in your library and then share the gift of this wonderful author.
I highly recommend this book BUT please be aware that it does contain cursing! Fortunately, we are reading this aloud, so I can skip over objectionable words, but in all the reviews I have read (on Amazon and elsewhere), no one has mentioned this. Am I the only one who objects to my elementary-school aged children reading curse words?
Anyway, wonderful book, HIGHLY recommended!
P.S. DO NOT read this series out of order.
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This is masterful story telling, drawing you into a simpler, yet more challenging time. I was changed by the interaction of parents and mentors teaching children enduring lessons... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jordan Craw
I bought this book for my employer for Christmas. He read the entire "set" when he was young, and wanted to reread the stories again. Read morePublished 16 days ago by C. Redman
I'm sorry it took so long to discover Ralph Moody's books. I've read 3 in 3 days.
Im planning to tell family and friends to find and read the wonderful books. Read more
This book is very entertaining, but most of all is full of
Good old common sense and lots and lots of wisdom.
Every family needs to read this book together. Great storytelling about life in the early settlement days, with moral and virtue lessons and exciting horsework and tales of ranch... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Jme
This is the beautiful true story of growing up and gaining responsibility. Ralph Moody shares his stories of surviving extremely challenging situations as a young boy, and inspires... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathryn W. VA
One of my favorite books to read with my kids. Engaging and contains some good life lessons. Good for the heart. Definitely recommend this book!Published 2 months ago by Barbara F.