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Mary Emma & Company (Little Britches #4)

4.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  968 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
The protagonist, Mary Emma Moody, widowed mother of six, has taken her family east in 1912 to begin a new life. Her son, Ralph, then thirteen, recalls how the Moodys survive that first bleak winter in a Massachusetts town. Money and prospects are lacking, but not so faith and resourcefulness. "Mother" in Little Britches and Man of the Family, Mary Emma emerges fully as a c ...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Bison Books (first published 1961)
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Mar 10, 2016 Stacy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-alouds

We love reading of the adventures of the now beloved-to-us Moody family, narrated by the young Ralph (11yo). These are excellent read-alouds, all of them (and especially for boys, I think). Ralph is a hard-working, inventive boy, respectful of authority. He acts out of a clear knowledge of right and wrong. I can't recommend this series enough.

Mary Emma (Ralph's mother) comes to the forefront in this book, but the story is still told through Ralph's eyes and in his words.

Some new cha
Jan 07, 2012 Trace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't dish out 5 stars readily... but I knew right from page 41 that the widowed heroine of the story, Mary Emma, would be a kindred spirit.

This is a story about a family who uprooted and moved from Colorado to Massachussets in 1912 and how they industriously made a new life for themselves. It was a VERY inspirational read.

And about page 41? Mary Emma was quote on that page as saying to her children: "Until you are all grown and ready to have homes of your own, I will not be separated from
Apr 23, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies, audio
Another solid 4-star book in the Little Britches series. In this book, the Moody family moves to Massachusetts and basically starts over from scratch. I was amazed at the creative ways this family found to support themselves. I was inspired by the way they accepted their situation and worked like all get-out to to solve problems and improve their future.
Oct 15, 2012 Mitzi rated it really liked it
4.5 stars... Another great book in the Ralph Moody autobiographies. I'm loving this series, and am so impressed with this family!
Feb 08, 2016 Ariel rated it really liked it
This book (and the whole series, I think? I'll find out in a bit) is meant for younger kids, but it's still a good story and I really need some "fun" books to read (seriously... mom scolds me for reading only practical books). That aside, I really enjoyed Mary Emma & Company. It's got a wonderful innocence to it and I especially appreciated the Moody family's quiet trust in God and their creativity in how they made a living. It's amazing how hard kids back then (this book is set in the early ...more
An Odd1
Nov 22, 2014 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
Jan 1912 Bedford Massachussetts. Mary Emma, widowed in Colorado, shares six children in rooms of brother Frank, wife Hilda, and two toddlers. When classmate Al ducks in a fight, narrator Ralph 13 instead punches principal, who reports the boy to police. Cop Watson strokes his thick white mustache sympathetically, but another fight, though provoked by others, plus an accidental high step into the backside of girl in line, land Ralph in the official black book three times "no livin' way to get it ...more
Sep 10, 2009 Alexis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud
We are already loving this fourth book in the series by Ralph Moody. I put off reading the fourth book because I didn't feel Moody had anywhere else to go with his series. How wrong I was. The first three books were fantastic and each of them rank very near the top of list of treasured read-alouds. Today, just five chapters in, Mary Emma and Company has pulled us in.

Unfortunately this evening both boys choose to play/wrestle/generally horse around during the getting ready for bed time. Instead
Alexis Neal
Jul 06, 2011 Alexis Neal rated it it was amazing
Another excellent read from Ralph Moody. I think I liked this one more than Fields of Home and very nearly as much as Man of the Family--largely because the Moodys are once again trying to make a living at odd jobs in a new situation. Ralph exercises his ingenuity and incredible work ethic, his mother works to provide for her family while also protecting their education and childhood.

I think I particularly like the way his sister Grace is portrayed. As a girl, she doesn't have the same ability
Jun 24, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, 2013
I love love love this series! It is so inspiring to me. It reminds me of days on grandpa's ranch and helps me see a little more of what he did there and why he loved it so much. It's inspiring in this book how Mary Emma (a widow now) is always able to make ends meet following the inspiration of God and with help from her husband, from "the other side". I love how every one of her 6 kids have a job to do to help the family and they do it at all costs. What responsible kids. It's just proof that t ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
My bookmobile librarian recommended this book to me. I was happy to see that it would help me reach my non-fiction goal for the year. I've mentioned it before, but I'll admit once again that I struggle with non-fiction. It makes me think of textbooks, and I don't recall any textbooks that I enjoyed reading.

But, Mary Emma and Company did not read like a textbook. It is part of Ralph Moody's autobiographical works. When I first started the book, I kept wondering if it was really fiction, because i
T.K. Naliaka
Jan 17, 2015 T.K. Naliaka rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in a series often considered the boy's equivalent of the "Little House on the Prairie" series. A beautifully-presented edition of the account of a boy growing up, with real-life hardships and challenges, a very personal account of family and people making it through despite tough circumstances, yet always with the bracing expectation that boys were expected to act like men in the face of adversity.
Aug 16, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment in this series. It's great to see how resourceful the whole family is, figuring out how to make a living as they start out their new lives in MA. I love seeing such a strong work ethic, especially in kids! Even the younger siblings want to contribute in a useful way. Despite all kinds of setbacks, they don't give up. Ralph's mom (Mary Emma) holds the family together, with high standards for workmanship, yet also never compromising on quality family time.
Julia Bowling
Nov 01, 2015 Julia Bowling rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Another great Moody title. If you're not fond of "survival" or self-sufficiency-type stories, you'll find this one depressing. It still has great value as a read-aloud as it 1) teaches great character lessons, 2) teaches children the value of money, hard work, and discipline, 3) teaches one to value family relationships. Amazing book.
Feb 19, 2015 L. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 10 to adult
Recommended to L. by: The librarian in our small town
Book Three in the Ralph Moody series Little Britches. I am so enjoying reading this series from my past. It's just as interesting as it was when I first read it and I'm glad I still have more to read of the series. Ralph Moody was an excellent writer and you are sucked into the book and the plot from the first page.
Sep 29, 2011 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heard, memoir
The fifth book in Moody's autobiographical series is the lightest one yet. The family has moved back east, and needs to make a living- not unlike what they needed to do in Colorado. This time, though, it's a tad more uneventful- and the illustrative stories are just a bit weak. I found the parts about Ralph getting his name written down in the "bad boy book" by the police to be interesting, and I wonder how his memory colored that- was there, in fact, such a book, and if so, could it have been s ...more
Celeste Batchelor
Dec 23, 2010 Celeste Batchelor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I absolutely LOVE this series by Ralph Moody! I am so impressed with the good examples Ralph and his family were to each other. I am particularly impressed with Ralph's mother who tried so hard to never let her children see her discouraged. Throughout all of their trials they work hard themselves and also look to Heavenly Father for His blessings. They never sit back and wait for charity to bail them out of tough spots. The family sticks together and does not berate each other, fight, or blame. ...more
Leavitt Ladies
Jun 24, 2014 Leavitt Ladies rated it it was amazing
So far we have read quite much of it and I love it its family frendly and a great book again I recomond this book for everone

god bless
The Leavitt Lady's
Sep 03, 2014 Camie rated it it was amazing
This book of the series about Ralph Moody's Mother who is a widow with 6 children at this point in the series is especially endearing.
Morgan Djuna Sorais Harrigan
Another great book in the Ralph Moody autobiographies. I'm loving this series, and I am so impressed with this family!
Nov 14, 2014 Brielle rated it liked it
I really liked the way the book was written. I like the way people spoke in that time so I really enjoyed it.
Jun 06, 2009 MaryAnn rated it it was amazing
This is an all-time favorite for me. The values and character traits emphasized in this book, such as the importance of family, the value of hard work and working together for a common good, perseverance and creative thinking are beautifully illustrated. I love the way the family works together and helps each other in hard times and I love the ways they had fun without spending any money. I also really enjoyed the way Ralph thinks and uses his abilities to create business opportunities at a very ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Lori rated it it was amazing
Maybe it is just that I relate to Mother, but I loved this story of Mary Emma working hard to keep her family together in very difficult circumstances. This one just beat out "Man of the Family" as my favorite of Moody's books.
Susan Bainter
Oct 26, 2015 Susan Bainter rated it really liked it
Ralph Moody's books are gems. It's as if you're given a window to view the past.
Apr 06, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
This continues to be the most interesting, encouraging, and personally challenging biographical series I have ever read. I have difficulty imagining anyone of any age not enjoying this and profiting from reading it. These children amaze me, and I have to look at the adults to see the reason why they are this way. Quite the example they set! The Moody family is not perfect, but they have incredible work ethic and love for one another--and they are real.
A fantastic read.
May 05, 2009 Lacy rated it really liked it
This book didn't have me at the edge of my seat. I wasn't riveted and I could put it down. However, I always wanted to return and just felt uplifted and peaceful when it did. I loved it. I loved that it was told from the perspective of a 12 year old boy. I loved that the boy was acutally the real author and that it was all true according to his recollection. I loved their old fashioned family values and that faith and hard work held true.
Oct 25, 2011 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet story (autobiographical) written from the perspective of a young 10-12 year old boy around the 1930s. His father has died and the mother moves the family from Colorado back to Boston, where the mother is from. It tells how they learn to survive in tough economic times. This is a series of books and I would like to check out other books in the series. It kind of reminded me of Great Brain books, which I enjoyed a lot as a kid.
Denae Christine
Jan 24, 2010 Denae Christine rated it it was amazing
Wished it was longer. Ralph's stories have caught my heart. I especially love reading about his mistakes and clumsy moments. The good times are great, but barely scraping through makes the Moody familiy look mighty courageous and God-reliant. I love reading about the trouble they have to go through, and learning that they had to pay $6 for a ton of coal. Wow. And $15 for a month's rent.
And Ralph is a genius.
Jul 17, 2009 Tina rated it it was amazing
This is part of the memoirs of Ralph Moody who, in this installment, moves to Massachusetts after the death of his father. It is inspiring to read of their hard work ethic and self-reliance. Mary Emma, Ralph's mother, is such a great example of patience and fortitude. This is a great book to read to your kids when they are old enough to listen to chapter books.
Stacy Mallory
Feb 01, 2014 Stacy Mallory rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, but my husband and children didn't love it as much as me. As a mother it really spoke to me, especially the part where she was holding dinner and trying to get the furnace working. Sometimes as a Mom you just want things be nice and run smoothly. I love the struggle and triumph that Mary Emma went through in this book.
Mar 24, 2013 Sydney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ralph Moody's telling of his life has kept me captivated ever since I was 4 or 5. My mom would read me these stories every night along with my brother, and I remember them being some of my favorite books.
Re-reading them hasn't been disappointing in the least! I enjoyed this story immensely, though, so far, Man of the Family, is my favorite.
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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 ...more
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