Man of the Family

Man of the Family Early s Colorado Fortified with Yankee ingenuity and western energy the Moody family transplanted from New England builds a new ranch life Father has died and Little Britches shoulders the resp

Early 1900s Colorado Fortified with Yankee ingenuity and western energy, the Moody family, transplanted from New England, builds a new ranch life Father has died and Little Britches shoulders the responsibilities of a man at age eleven Determined Grace and religious Mother cooks beans, bread and repair lace curtains while Ralph builds frames and delivers baking.

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Man of the Family

  1. Ralph Moody was an American author who wrote 17 novels and autobiographies about the American West He was born in East Rochester, New Hampshire, in 1898 but moved to Colorado with his family when he was eight in the hopes that a dry climate would improve his father Charles s tuberculosis Moody detailed his experiences in Colorado in the first book of the Little Britches series, Father and I Were Ranchers.After his father died, eleven year old Moody assumed the duties of the man of the house He and his sister Grace combined ingenuity with hard work in a variety of odd jobs to help their mother provide for their large family The Moody clan returned to the East Coast some time after Charles s death, but Moody had difficulty readjusting Following than one ill timed run in with local law enforcement, he left the family home near Boston to live on his grandfather s farm in Maine His later Little Britches books cover his time in Maine and subsequent travels through Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska, and Kansas including stints as a bust sculptor and a horse rider doing horse falls for motion pictures as he worked his way back toward Colorado while continuing to support his family financially.Moody s formal education was limited, but he had a lifelong interest in learning and self education At age 50, he enrolled in a writing class, which eventually led to the publication of Father and I Were Ranchers In addition to the Little Britches series, Moody wrote a number of books detailing the development of the American West His books have been described as crude in the language of the times but are highly praised by Moody s readership and have been in continuous publication since 1950.After a period as livestock business owner in rural Kansas, Moody sent to Massachusetts for his former sweetheart, Edna They married and moved to Kansas City They had three children Source

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  1. As my son says we would rate this 10 stars if we could It s so hard to put into words how much this series has come to mean to us and how much of an influence Little Britches has had on my son He has become a literary hero of sorts, to my son We purposely took our time with this book we just didn t want it to end But all good things must eventually end And we look forward to reading the next one in the series.

  2. Wow Wow, wow, wow Loved it.We all felt sad as Ralph s father died at the end of Little Britches This story picks up as the family moves into Littleton, knowing they can t survive without a man on the ranch Ralph s mother pulls the family together and with will and determination and family pride keeps them afloat The children help, of course.There are funny moments, teaching moments, serious moments, tense, sad, and on and on There s a fun surprise that I didn t expect at all in the middle of the [...]

  3. This is a wonderful treasure of a book This is the 2nd book in the Little Britches series Please don t let the name Little Britches scare you away from these books They aren t just for kids My husband and I love them just as much, if not than our kids do These books are the true story of the life of Ralph Moody And what a life he lives His books are full of excitement, love, hard work, family, all of the good stuff You know, sometimes we don t have all of the things in our lives we d like to ha [...]

  4. Love love love Little Britches and the lessons in it This book gave prompt to talk about how Ralph hid his racing earnings from his mom I also wished that Mom would be welcome to people helping her It is one thing to be self sufficient, and on other to be prideful I LOVED the example of entrepreneurship throughout the book A stark contrast to today when a fatherless family lives off the govt.

  5. This glimpse into life on the Colorado frontier in the 1900s is fascinating I love Ralph s determination, problem solving, kindness, and humor It s stunning to think of the responsibilities young children were given a hundred years ago compared with how little we require of our kids now.

  6. We have loved the Little Britches seriesever, I gave this book 3 stars because I m disappointed in the choices this family makes Throughout the first two books I noticed they have honesty issues Keeping little things from each other it all adds up, but is with little consequence The choices the mother makes I don t agree with I feel she isn t an example of honesty or integrity I understand the culture of the times allowed for some tight lippedness but she didn t even tell them about her having a [...]

  7. Ralph Moody is forced to grow up a bit in the second book in the Little Britches Series Since his dad has passed away, 12 year old Ralph does all he can to help support his family His efforts are impressive, considering the amount of hard work most 12 year olds in our era are willing to do I was amazed at the variety of jobs Ralph s mom took on in order to earn enough to feed her family This is really a great story, reminiscent of the Little House on the Prairie, but for an older audience This i [...]

  8. August 2016 perhaps my favorite LB book First Reading July 2014 This is a tremendous second offering in the Little Britches series This text is full of American perseverance spirit, classic hard work and pioneer ingenuity By far my favorite so far in the series and something I cannot wait to share with my children A true classic ripe with critically important life lessons.

  9. Finished my second reading 17 March 2016 This is a thoroughly enjoyable story, and I m having a wonderful time reading it again with my son Full of excellent life lessons and examples of strong moral character, hard work ethics and good family relationships makes it a great book for everyone.

  10. This is a brilliantly composed novel The writing is absolutely glorious and the stories are masterfully enthralling and often comical It could do without some language, but it still deserves a full five stars.

  11. I read this to my kids in December 08 and we LOVED LOVED every second of it We can t wait to read the next book in this series by Ralph Moody.

  12. But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.A Review of Little Britches and Man of the Family by Ralph MoodyThe Ralph Moody books are not Christian I am an overtly Christian blogger and blog on overtly Christian themes, so I thought that was worth mentioning Ralph Moody, himself, may or not have claimed to be a Christian This semi autobiographical work at least, I have heard that it is only semi autobiograph [...]

  13. 5 We all loved the continued story of Ralph Moody At 11 years old, his father has died, and Ralph is the man of the family He is very resourceful and finds ways to make money, like making a business deal with herd drovers to guide cattle through town, then getting his schoolmates to help for a cut of the pay The work and business ethic of the Moody children is impressive They all had to work hard to stay together and make enough to live on This is the best kind of family read aloud book a histor [...]

  14. Man of the Family by Ralph Moody relates the story of a 12 year old boy, living with his family in 1910 and his experiences as he provides for his mother and siblings The family has to leave their ranch after the death of the father And the boy is put in the position to provide for the family The book is a great visual of rural America in the early 20th century The protagonist is most ingenious as he figures out ways to earn a living I liked the story and I liked how descriptive Moody is as he d [...]

  15. I thought it took about half way through the first book for the author to find his rhythm and this one really picks up well and is much interesting a read throughout Now Little Britches is on the lam, which is a complete shocker Why is he on the lam Well you ll have to read the book, and I ll have to get on to book 3 to see how this turns out.

  16. This book was just as good as the first, which is difficult to find I enjoyed reading this book to my kids There are many great life lessons to learn For one thing, just because something is difficult, does not mean that it is not worth it.

  17. Again, a solid follow up of the first book I m really enjoying the life principles taught and even the ending conundrum, where the decision to hold to principle leads to a tough decision Highly recommend this series.

  18. This reminds me of reading Anne of Green Gables It has that positive feel, full of values, hard work, and strong morals One big difference is that this is a biography of the author s growing up years I am looking forward to the next book

  19. I love, love, love Little Britches There are so many take aways and life lessons I keep thinking about the boy in the story and my boys and I want them all to become such great men Do not miss these books you will come away better people.

  20. I need to own this series I love Moody s story telling I ought to research whether this is his family s story I will read this series with my children.

  21. There was no adolescence in Ralph s life He literally went from child to provider overnight I marvel at what he did so well, so young These are beautiful books

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