I read this book aloud to my teenage children. We all loved it. We cried and laughed during the course of Little Britches' trials and tribulations. It depicts a true sense of ranching in that era in an easy to read and easy to follow story. We truly enjoyed this story of a family who moved from up north to Colorado. The book talked about hard work and determination and you read about the rewards they were able to reap from that. The family faced adversity but did not run from it and did not give up. I am glad I chose to read this aloud so I could share in the laughter and tears with my children. A couple of the characters use some curse words.
Diana H. reviewed Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers on
Helpful Score: 2
I guess we are a bit unusual, but my girls (ages 10 and 8) and I didn't even finish this book. Quite a bit of swearing that I don't appreciate reading a loud to them (I had to edit as I went along) and overall not real enthralled with the story. Perhaps it is because they are girls and didn't get into the story like they have with almost every other book we've read. Just thought I would post this review to warn others with girls that it might not become a favorite book like so many rave about. We definitely preferred Caddie Woodlawn and The Great Turkey Walk (both of which we loved!) over Little Britches.
Trade sized paperback. From the back cover:
"Ralph Moody was 8 years old in 1906 when his family moved from New Hampshire to a Colorado ranch. through his eyes we experience the pleasures and perils of ranching there early in the 20th century. Auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes, and wind storms give authentic color to this ook. so do adventures, wonderfully told, that equip Ralph to take his father's place when it becomes necessary."
One of my all time favorite books from childhood. I was a horse-crazy young girl from the east coast who loved anything with horses-westerns, sci-fi, whatever I could find. This was a wonderful story of a boy's childhood on a ranch! My dream! Indians! Horses! Wide open spaces! Mr. Moody wrote many other stories (he became a preacher) but I think this is his best one.