The Fields of Home

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The fatherless Moody family moved from Colorado to Medford, Massachusetts, in 1912, when Ralph was entering his teens. "I tried as hard as I could to be a city boy, but I didn't have very good luck," he says at the beginning of The Fields of Home. "Just little things that would have been all right in Colorado were always getting me in trouble." So he is sent to his grandfather's farm in Maine, where he finds a new set of adventures.

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Overview


The fatherless Moody family moved from Colorado to Medford, Massachusetts, in 1912, when Ralph was entering his teens. "I tried as hard as I could to be a city boy, but I didn't have very good luck," he says at the beginning of The Fields of Home. "Just little things that would have been all right in Colorado were always getting me in trouble." So he is sent to his grandfather's farm in Maine, where he finds a new set of adventures.

The fatherless Moody family moves from Colorado to Massachusetts in 1912, when Ralph enters his teens. There, he discovers that "just little things that would have been all right in Colorado" now get him into trouble. He is sent to his grandfather's farm in Maine, where he finds adventures every bit as colorful as those described in Little Britches and Man of the Family. Illustrated.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune

"One of the happiest pieces of Americana produced in our times . . . Rich in good talk, good food, good living, and best of all, good people. It is the kind of book you keep hoping will never end."—Chicago Tribune
New York Times

"As bright and clean as clear water bubbling over rocks in a trout stream."—New York Times
San Francisco Chronicle

"A lively story . . . warm with humor; bright with incident and personality."—San Francisco Chronicle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803281943
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 335
  • Sales rank: 159,024
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author


Western writer Ralph Moody (1898–1982) grew up in Carson territory in southeastern Colorado. He is the author of seventeen books, including Come on Seabiscuit! and his series Little Britches, all available in Bison Books editions.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I found this author many years ago and decided to read his works again. I think any of his books would be great for young people in your family or the young at heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

    A Few Good Men...and Women

    Have you been to Maine? This story will take you back there so you can feel the granite rocks again, taste the 'straw'bries', and mayhaps you will hear the huge trees fall in the snowy woods, and remember the conifered islands: round, quiet, peaceful as you watch from the boat. So you haven't been to Maine? Read it anyway. Ralph Moody will take you all the way from Colorado to Maine--just go. Read it for the incredible characters, and know again the power of family--and land--to rile, support, grieve, and change us. Moody says much in these 300+ pages, but it is the unsaid you will remember.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2004

    A terrific book for young and old alike!

    I first discovered the Ralph Moody series as a young boy in my grade school library, where I read Little Britches. I quickly discovered three other titles in the series, including The Fields of Home. It became my favorite because of my own boyhood experiences on and around farms and with farm families. If you have any ties to farming in your family's past, or you simply have an interest in what living on a 'family farm' was like in the early 20th century in America, this is a must read. If you (or someone close to you) have ever felt that tug, that bond with with the land that can be a defining force, this book will call forth that feeling again. Your heart will beat faster and, possibly, your eyes will moisten a little, as you read about Mr. Moody's adventures on his grandfather's farm and recall your own experiences. Of course, as with all the titles in the Ralph Moody series, kids can benefit tremendously reading about a real life example of the core values and virtues that laid the sound foundation of America and its civil society of that earlier time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2001

    Must Read

    This is my favorite book in the Ralph Moody Series. The Fields of Home has heart-felt variety of old-fashioned ethics like honesty, hard work, and patience, and offers a special insight to family relationships.

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