Without the love of books the richest man is poor, but endowed with this treasure the poorest man is rich. –Leon Gutterman

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wild Country/Little Britches

This fantastic, good old fashioned book has captured my heart.

Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody is based on the author's life when his family moved to Colorado in 1906.

In my library system this book is shelved in the adult fiction section. I think that this is sad because it is a story that parents can read to their younger children and more proficient readers can read for themselves. Roo read this and loved it. It has some terribly sad situations, but it is a story of hope and persistence; a story of the American spirit and how this country was settled by good, hard-working people.

When the Moody family leaves New Hampshire to farm a rented ranch near Denver, they are not prepared for the life that they will find. However they learn they are stronger than they ever believed.

While I read this book I was amazed at what was expected of children, I was reminded how blessed we are with our modern conveniences, and humbled at the determination, courage and faith that people showed just over a century ago.

No gadgets, no electronic entertainment, no foreign intrigue, no faraway star traveler--Little Britches is a simple, straight-forward story that is more exciting, more entertaining and more inspiring than most.

You won't go wrong reading this book. I'll be checking out the other books Moody wrote in this series.

This was another of my selections for the Fall into Reading Challenge.


Kim said...

This is a book which has been on my radar for years. I have heard repeatedly how wonderful it is by numerous friends. I just need to break down and read it! I have heard the others in the series are equally as good.

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie. I just found this blog for the first time. This book sounds great. I'll have to check it out.