Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers

Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers


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"Ralph Moody's books should be read aloud in every family circle in America"-Sterling North. [Moody] has a splendid talent for bringing the ashes of the past into life."-Chicago Sunday Tribune.

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ISBN-13: 9781930900967
Publisher: Purple House Press
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 314,377
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Ralph Moody (1898–1982) is the author of Come on Seabicuit! as well as the Little Britches series about a boy's life on a Colorado ranch, all available in Bison Books editions.

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Little Britches 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story, full of valuable lessons for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book several times and love it more every time. I would highly recomend this book to anyone except maybe Obama.
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eddiemerkel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simply wonderful. I still consider this one of those books that I must read every year. I never tire of reading about life in early 20th century Colorado and all that entailed; dust storms, wandering Indians, fights over water, dependence on neighbors, bobcats screaming in the night, second hand draft horses, wild west shows and simple Christmases. I also love how Ralph's father used the situations Ralph found himself in (often through his own actions) to teach him about character, choices and life. I can't recommend this book enough.
robin4now on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ralph Moody's "Little Britches" is one of those rare books that stays in your heart forever. This is the first in an autobiographical series written by Ralph Moody about his childhood in Colorado in the early nineteen hundreds. The story is filled the sorts of adventures that are near and dear to a young boy's heart, but the core of the story is Ralph's relationship with his father.Ralph is a typical boy and full of mischief, but his father's simple words of wisdom always manages to keep Ralph on the path of honor and integrity. The values taught by Ralph's father spill through the story to the reader in a way that is rarely seen in today's novels. Ralph and his family become so real and dear that you will feel like you've said goodbye to your best friend when you read the final page. This book is for both adults and children, but if you are going to read just one book to your children, let it be this one.
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was much younger, but still remember it well. This story describes the author's childhood in vivid detail and an engaging Western style. The characters, events, and dusty ranch settings are all depicted very well and believably.A cute, funny story.This is a "Little House on the Prairie" or "Anne of Green Gables" for boys.
silva_44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Every father should read this book in order to better understand how to be a father. Every boy should read this book in order to understand how to become a good man. Every child should read this book in order to better understand how to be a good human being. This will be a must read for my children when they are old enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. It made me like reading. I would recommend this book to anybody
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand 3 times Then post this on three other books Look under your pillow
trr1 More than 1 year ago
I love this series cant wait for the rest to become digital books
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sixth grade teacher read several Ralph Moody books to us and they have always been a favorite of mine. Now that I have a young boy of my own, I am purchasing this to read nightly to him. Looking forward to creating good memories of our own.
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History_Student More than 1 year ago
This is the first of a series, outstanding reading to children, and to adults. You'll laugh out loud, and you'll shed a tear or two. A must for every library where there are children who love good, and true stories about life in early 20th Century America.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
It is 1906, and eight-year-old Ralph Moody’s family is getting ready to move. They live in East Rochester, NH, and Ralph’s father Charles works in the woolen mills, but it isn’t good for his lungs. Cousin Phil, who lives in Denver, CO, visits and convinces Father that ranching in Colorado would be better for his health. So Father, Mother, Grace, Muriel, Philip, Hal, and Ralph rent a ranch on the Fort Logan-Morrison road, near Littleton, CO, not far from Denver. This autobiographical book chronicles their first year which involves settling on the ranch, meeting neighbors, planting crops, raising animals, going to school, experiencing a huge wind storm,and fighting over irrigation rights. Ralph, who becomes known as “Little Britches,” learns how to be a cowboy and even participates in a rodeo, but will the ranch be successful? Will the family even survive? This series of books has long been recommended by homeschoolers as the “Little House for Boys.” First, there are some negatives, one of which is language issues. One source says, “Be aware, however, that there is some inappropriate language used – no doubt in keeping with the actual verbiage of rugged cowboys and characters of the time.” Another source says, “an excellent read-aloud selection (which will allow you to filter out the smattering of ‘cuss’ words that occur, and which Moody himself wasn’t allowed to use as a lad).” And still another source says, “A customer pointed out that there are a few undesirable words used to watch out for.” Also, several who have read the entire series have noted that the later books, especially after Ralph goes to live with his grandfather in The Fields of Home, are not as good as the earlier ones which detail his childhood because they are more “dark” with lots of bad attitudes which are displayed over and over. However, there are also some strong positives. Little Britches is rich in the values of family unity, honesty, inventiveness, earning others’ trust, and satisfaction in a job well done. And there is great emphasis on character development. Ralph gets in several predicaments and doesn’t always make the right choices, but he learns to do better by heeding hisfather’s wise advice, who said, “Any man who says the world owes him a living is dishonest. The same God that made you and me made this earth. And He planned it so that it would yield every single thing that the people on it need. But He was careful to plan it so that it would only yield up its wealth in exchange for the labor of man. Any man who tries to share in that wealth without contributing the work of his brain or his hands is dishonest.” Amen! What an important lesson that is so needed today! The seven sequels are Man of the Family, The Home Ranch, Mary Emma and Company, The Fields of Home, Shaking the Nickel Bush, The Dry Divide, and Horse of a Different Color.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
I encourage you to get the book. My ten year old daughter enjoyed the stories and the family immensely. But the life lessons on how to grow up to be a man of character are incredible. The father is full of wisdom that is passed to us through the books pages. All of your kids will enjoy these stories of growing up on a ranch in Colorado at the turn of the century, but your boys will especially love it. One of the ranchers uses a bit of colorful language. The kind I had to edit as I read aloud to a young audience.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We were read this book aloud in the eighth grade by our English teacher. Mrs. Sanders did such an awesome job with emphasis and story telling that I've never forgotten. Down through the years I've looked for the book, but being unable to remember the entire title I wasn't able to find it. Then talking with a friend one day he helped me search for it on Google. He found it! I was so excited and now reading it to my three year old grandson. I bought the book to be saved for him to read again mwhen he's older hoping to give him the gift of enjoyable reading in the same way Mrs. Sanders gave it to me. This is a great little book and I recommend it to adult or older child alike.
Hannah33 More than 1 year ago
As I said regarding "Man of the House", I began reading the books in this series because a student of mine was begging me to and I didn't want to dissapoint her. I am in my 30's and this would not be my usual choice of personal reading, but despite my reservations, I quickly became hooked. This story details the adventures of the Moody family, told from the perspective of 8(?) year old Ralph, who has moved from the city to try their hand at ranching. It is similar to the "Little House" books, but told more from a male perspective, and more action oriented. You'll get caught up in the story, but you'll be reminded that it is really about relationships. In spite of myself, I found this book to be irresistable. I have passed it along to my nieces and nephews and it has quickly become a family favorite.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book out loud to my two daughters, 12 & 10. Even my 6 yo found herself captivated by the author's memories of his life on a Colorado ranch and the powerful lessons his father taught him about courage, honor, respect, trustworthiness, and even restitution! This is a novel that speaks volumes about character, within the carefully chosen words of Ralph's father. Ralph takes us on a wonderful ride through his childhood, letting us experience the valuable lessons he learns about life and relationships.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book. every day i looked forward to reading little britches. that was the best part of the day. i recamend this book to anyone that loves reading. it was so interesting, funny, and fun.[just to tell you there is a ton of swereing in it but besides that, clean]. THE CRITIC'S OPION
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible book and I would recomend it to anyone who likes reading. Its amazing how Ralf Moody remembers this much from his childhood. Him and his dad coming together was awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't remember when my father started reading me the books by Ralph Moody, but it must have been when I was very young. We worked through the series many times. Mr. Moody's writing, as read aloud by my father, has had a profound influence on my life. We became great friends over these books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my 5 children and we loved it. (I skipped the "cowboy language") We have quickly read the next 4 books in the series and I'm ready to order the next one. It's like a "Little House" series with the boy as the main character. Great book!!!!