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Mary Emma & Company (Little Britches #4)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,193 Ratings  ·  89 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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Jul 16, 2014 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
Dec 21, 2011 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
Joseph Leskey
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody, as far as can be reckoned
Shelves: reviewed, fact, humor
The author has quite some talent and no mistake! This is some of the most interesting writing I've ever seen. It's even more immersing than many works of fiction. This is quite a feat, by my standards leastways.
This is one of my favorites of series! I love the family industry.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mary Emma is another literary parent to look up too and inspire to be like! Interesting story for the whole family, about a family that has to pull themselves up by the boot straps and find a way to make a living...and quick. The ideas and businesses they come up with are entertaining and inspiring. I love their dedication, work ethic and how much love they have for each other. The ending put tears in my eyes.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Didn't enjoy quite as much as the last one; less adventures, but still a good story with pretty solid morals. Sadly, although they live what's "right", for Ralph at least, it seems to be not out of conviction but just because it's what his mother requires or because it was the law at that time. (mostly not working on Sunday)
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, biographies
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.
Jun 12, 2012 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!
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiographical
I have enjoyed each book so far in the “Little Britches” series by Ralph Moody, and this one is no exception. “Mary Emma & Company” is the heartwarming account of thirteen-year-old, Ralph, his widowed mother, and four younger siblings as they begin their new life in Medford, Massachusetts following their move from Colorado. Together they struggle to establish a home, find sources of income, and “fit in” in a new community. This is the story their first six months in Massachusetts and the har ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mary Emma is one of the most admirable mothers of any memoir (or fiction) I’ve ever read.

I don’t understand how these books aren’t as well known and widely loved as the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Another heartwarming book following the adventures of the Moody family in the early 1900's. A great family or read-aloud series for all ages, although reading on one's own would probably be suited for ages 9 or so and up.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love! If you haven't read the Little Britches books yet, you need to. They have so many things to think about and ponder and examine yourself and who you are and who you want to be. We listened to it on audio book and the narrator is fantastic.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this series. I think I can just go ahead and buy my own copies now. I will raise my children on these books.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
i liked it
Leiloni Schulz
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story of Ralph Moody continues, as his family has to do one of the most difficult things to do yet.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adieo-books
i listened to this book on an audio book i liked it
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
We continue with their life in Medford MA; Ralph just can't get a break and is eventually drummed out of town by the cops.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Each book in this series is just as good as the previous! This is something I rarely see!
Alexis Neal
Jun 15, 2011 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
Denae Christine
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reader thoughts: I wished it was longer. I think this is one of the shortest in the series.

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 family 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.

Oh, and the try-try-
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-boys
I feel so lucky to have discovered this series. Reading them to boys is creating memories I will cherish forever.
An Odd1
May 23, 2014 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
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, classics
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
Sep 10, 2009 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
Nov 11, 2011 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
Sep 29, 2011 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
Sep 01, 2009 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
Jun 06, 2009 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
Jan 29, 2016 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
Apr 20, 2014 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.
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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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Little Britches (8 books)
  • Father and I were Ranchers (Little Britches #1)
  • Man of the Family (Little Britches, #2)
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  • The Fields of Home (Little Britches, #5)
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“...I'm going to stop worrying about what might happen to us. With the Lord's help we've been able to make ourselves a good living ever since Father died, and the fortune that has befallen us here in Medford certainly doesn't lead me to believe we will be abandoned now.” 1 likes
“One is respected in a community to the extent, and only to the extent, that he or she respects his own position in life. There are doctors, lawyers, and even clergymen who are a disgrace to humanity, and the disciples of Christ were lowly fishermen. I would not, for all the world, have any one of you children grow up to feel that you were less than equal in every way to any other human being who walks the face of the earth.” 1 likes
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