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"[Moody] has a splendid talent for bringing the ashes of the past into life."—Chicago Sunday Tribune
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Posted May 18, 2011
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.
Posted February 9, 2009
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. <BR/> 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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.