Fortified with Yankee ingenuity and western can-do energy, the Moody family, transplanted from New England, builds a new life on a Colorado ranch early in the twentieth century. Father has died and Little Britches shoulders the responsibilities of a man at age eleven. Man of the Family continues true pioneering adventures as unforgettable as those in Little Britches and The Fields of Home, also available as Bison Books.
|Publisher:||Purple House Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 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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Man of the Family based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
This book was superb; I highly recommend it to fathers, mothers, girls, and boys. In this part of his autobiography, Ralph Moody details how he and his mother and siblings learn to get by without their father. I was amazed at the way that they worked together to achieve this goal, despite serious setbacks, sorrows, and several calamities.
The second book in Ralph Moody¿s series about his childhood, starting with Little Britches, picks up where the first left off with Ralph now being eleven years old and becoming the ¿man of the family¿ in the wake of his father¿s death.While having a lot of the same strong messages and themes that Little Britches had, namely morality, hard work, honesty, and the meaning behind being a respectable man, this book took a much lighter tone even if it had a dark beginning. With the family¿s main form of income gone his mother starts up a cookery route, and with the help of all the children they do odd jobs around town to help earn money to get by. Meanwhile Ralph¿s mother refuses to let Ralph drop out of school no matter how tight that made things at home, he wanted to be the man of the family and earn money full time at a man¿s wage, but instead he had to learn patience and to think of long term consequences to his actions. Good lessons for life.This book was chock full of good humor throughout it all to offset the dire circumstances the family was in. The town sheriff took an interest in the widow with five small children and took to checking up on the family regularly. As I was reading this aloud to my husband I got to saying with a certain inflection that got us both laughing every time the sheriff showed up and bellowed, "Howdy, Miz Moody. Fine mornin', ain't it?" Even the children in the story got to teasing their mother about that and I think if they had stayed in Colorado he might well have married her.The ingenuity Ralph and his family showed again and again in coming up with more and new ways to make money and work hard to get by showed that the lessons of Little Britches paid off, and it was really inspiring reading about a family struggling without a male figure head, in a time when a woman could not be a real breadwinner, and making it.Again, the writing was simple and straight forward, very easy and clean to read. An ideal book for a ten year old to read and an easy book, and series, to get into. It also has a lot of strong messages, this one included new ones about patience, making the right decisions, and economy in hard times. A good message for the times we are living in.This book was a lot more fun to read, and even though it had another ending with a bit of a punch in the gut, I have a feeling that Ralph and his family will continue to persevere in the next book The Home Ranch.
Engrossing, engaging, and heart-warming without maudlin sentiment. A memoire on the lines of Ckeaper by the Dozen, Ralph Moody writes about growing up in Colorado during the early 1900s. Nothing is easy, but the struggle is told with good-humor and truth. Several laugh outloud situations are balanced by endearing moments of a large family making a living under harsh conditions. Some of the best tales share Ralph's struggle with those shades of gray that run through his mother's black and white moral instructions. By no means a perfect boy, Ralph schemes to keep his beloved mare, skip school as often as possible, and jockey horse races while not lying to his mother or torturing himself with the weight of a guilty conscience. A truly lovely book worth reading again and again. I will be gifting it to several of my reading friends.
Little Britches is back in Man of the Family. Now as a young boy, he's the man in the house and works with his mother and older sister to find ways to survive. They're off the ranch and living in town. In the process they find incredible ways to make a living. Entrepreneurship at its best. This book is filled with the importance of community, neighbors, and standing on your own. Little Britches makes sacrifices in order to accept his role as the man in the family. Grace, the eldest daughter, also shoulders a lot of responsibility. Together they try to take as much of the load off their mother as possible. The author has a way of writing scenes so vividly that you are transported into the middle and feel every emotion. This book can be read on its own. But for those who have read Little Britches, you will love seeing so many characters return. These books make me think of Little House on the Prairie, only for boys. But everyone can enjoy them.
This book, as well as the first in the series, were recommended to me by a student of mine. I started reading them more to appease my student then for any other reason, but to my surprise, I really got in to them, and asked her if I could borrow subsequent books in the series. The books follow the life of Ralph Moody, from about age 9, when his family decided to try ranching out West, in an attempt to find a way of life that was healthier for Ralph's father as well as the rest of the family. This book picks up after events detailed in the first book leave Ralph with more responsibility than ever.
It is similar in feel to a "Little House on the Pararie" book, only more from the male perspective, and definately more action oriented. Ralph's creativity and ingenuity are wonderfully detailed, and the ideals of love and family are paramount. I ended up passing along these books to my nieces and nephews, and they have become family favorites.