Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a fantastic book. Definitely one of the best reads our family has read together!
Ralph's family moves out west to Colorado on the advice of Cousin Phil to help Father's health. The family works together to learn and grow at ranching - the great independent American Dream.
Ralph learns lessons in character, honesty, and manhood from his father along the way.
It took both of us to get through the final, heart-wrenching chapter. This book ought to be read aloud to edit for coarse language (in general it can be edited on the fly ... caution regarding the name of the black horse).
We've already begun using some of the lessons Father taught Ralph - ideas like don't burn down your character house.
The children were perhaps a little young for this book and it will definitely be a book we revisit later. We intend to continue in the series.
Highly (highly!) recommended by parents and children. (M-girl has declared that this was her favorite read aloud).
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