Farmer Boy (Little House #3)
While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the river and stored. Time for fun comes when the jolly tin peddler visits, or b...more
My favorite of the Little House books from start to finish, but especially the chapter where Ma and Pa go away for a week and the house falls into disarray as the children eat cake, slice watermelon, blacken the parlor wall, and most importantly, use up all the sugar making ice cream. Still no other author has ever captured the life of pioneers in quite this way, and the good eats will make your mouth water!
There's a lot in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books written for adults as well as kids. The theme of self-reliance comes through loud and clear. The difference in child-rearing... wow. Hold on:
Me: Eleanor, what does it mean to "speak when spoken to?"
E: It means, "BE QUIET UNTIL YOU ARE SPOKEN TO!!!"
Me: Do you think we should make that a rule in our ho...more
Considered Book # 3 in the Little House series, this book is about a young boy growing up on a farm in upstate New York. Almonzo Wilder will eventually find his way to Laura’s part of the country, but for now he is just starting school and eager to be allowed to work the horses. He’s certain that he would be gentle and never startle them, but Father won’t let him near the prize colts. In the meantime Almonzo learns to farm. The book covers about eighteen months in...more
I listened to Farmer Boy for the most part, only read a chapter or two in the middle on my own. I enjoy the book so much more read by Cherry Jones rather than my own voice in my brain. She makes me feel so cozy and I'm swept back in time. I don't think I ever read Farmer Boy when I was young, only the books starring Laura. I can't believe how hard Almanzo had to work at such a young age. And he enjoyed the work! And I really can't believe how much he ate! So much food!...more
My father grew up on a farm, and I inherited his pride in what farmers have accomplished. I liked this quote, spoken by Almanzo's father:
"A farmer depends on himself, and the land and the weather. If you're a farmer, you raise what you eat, you raise what you wear, and you keep warm with wood out of your own timber. You work hard,...more
And the food descriptions-- made me crave more food than any exercise or episode on the food network.
Reread to my teen son. I wouldn't try to inflict Laura's stories on him, but this one is basically a stand-alone. And my son says Almanzo is 'so cute' in his eagerness to be thought responsible enough to do real chores and to have a colt of his own.
I'd forgotten how strict his parents were, and how young he was. And how much explanation there was, for example of how to train calves and make a bobsled and use the new machi...more
But along with the useful skills Almanzo learned, and the...more
I have no recollection of this book at all it turns out. While reading it, it felt all unfamiliar and new, not like a reread in the slightest. (I was probably six when my parents first rea...more
This is certainly an idealized version of 19th-century American farming - the Wilder family farm is wonderfully prosperous and the main hardship of the story is that Almanzo's father does not think he is old enough to help train the horses. I suppose the fact th...more
maybe it was because someone pointed out that almanzo wilder was actually pretty cute in his picture on wikipedia.
it changed my perspective on farming. now i think farming is pretty cool and i also think almanzo wilder rocks! okay so maybe i thought he needed to be redeemed in som...more
Truth be told, it was intriguing to learn about some of the nuances of how farmers (probably) would have done things back then. The overall tone is pretty light hearted and non-serious, but somewh...more
Toured the home where she wrote the Little House books. Visited the museum; and purchased the 9 volume set, and a few other items, from the Rocky Ridge Book Store.
This current reading, of the set, is the first time I read them in order. It was a treat to myself.
If you have never read the Little House serie...more
This book is especially great for boys. We discussed several of the events in the book and how the parents allowed their children to solve their own problems, the manners the children had, and the chores and expectations of the children to the family as a whole. It was very thought provoking and helped me to teach more about family economy...more
Reading as an adult (and a high school English teacher as well) affords me a different perspective:
1. I notice more of the curious language constructions, especially with the verb "be."
2. I see more of the reason why the Wilders embraced farming, especially in the...more
But the writing style was the same, and the story was just as interesting, so I went ahead and read it. And then enjoyed an a-ha moment when Laura finally meets Almanzo in Little Town on the Prairie, several books later.
My husband tells me this is HIS favorite of the Little House books. Gee, I wonder why?
* Just read it to my 6year old son, and loved it as much as ever.
What is it that you alway get really hungry while reading the little house book?! ;-)