Before I hand the reviewing reigns over to Eleanor, I wanted to say a couple things I took out of this book. (Hopefully she doesn't get too impatient.)
There's a lot in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books written for adults as well as kids. The theme of selfreliance comes through loud and clear. The difference in childrearing... 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 house?
E: What if I need dessert?
Me: Well, you couldn't ask for it. So, should it be a rule?
E: ...I don't know...
Me: What do you think?
E: Well... if we have a question, we speak. So I don't know about that rule, dad.
Me: You mean you don't like it?
That's exactly what I thought. Although, I'd like to add she's been sitting here very patiently waiting to review the book. She hasn't complained or said a word, and it's late. (She was kind of grumpy earlier...)
Me: Weren't you Eleanor.
Anyway (me again), like I said, there was a lot in there for grownups that is applicable to today.
They were at the fair, and father saw some Belgian horses:
"Father said they were Belgians. They came from a country called Belgium, in Europe. ...Father admired them very much.
'Look at that muscle! They'd pull a barn, if hitched to it.'
Almanzo asked him: 'What's the good of a horse that can pull a barn? We don't want to pull a barn. A Morgan has muscle enough to pull a wagon, and he's fast enough to pull a buggy, too!'
'You're right, son!' Father said. He looked regretfully at the big horses, and shook his head. 'It would be a waste to feed all that muscle, and we've got no use for it. You're right.'"
How apropos for today. For myself. For my country. How often have I looked at something I don't need? Something that has no practical purpose? Even Almanzo's fatherthe faultless, the diligenthe's even tempted at times.
Eleanor's doing such a good job of waiting for her turn. I'm not sure how to reward her. I've got one more story to tell about her before I let her write her part of the review.
Here's what I wrote down when it happened:
It is shocking, SHOCKING how much Eleanor remembers. We've been reading this book for months and months. I don't sit down and read her a chapter a night, it happens much more sporadically than that. She ALWAYS remembers what chapter we're on. Here's how it went down:
E: What's chapter 22 called?
Me: The Fall of the Year.
E: But I thought chapter 10 was called "The Turn of the Year."
Me: (I'm shocked that she remembered this, as it had been months since we read it.) What was chapter 10 about?
E: Almanzo not going to school.
So, I went back to check, and sure enough she was right. I got up, and told my wife what happened, and she was surprised too. She asked how many chapters Eleanor remembered, and I said, "I don't know." So I asked her. She went chapter 13 and at 4 she stopped.
E: I don't want to tell anymore.
(She was getting bored, exasperated, or just plain wanted to stop. Maybe she didn't know any more.)
Me: You don't remember?
E: I do. I just don't want to tell.
Me: (teasing) No, you don't.
E: I do.
Me: ...We'll play the WOO! WOO! WOO! game if you tell. (The WOO! WOO! WOO! game includes me throwing her into the air. ...We don't play that one as much anymore.)
E: OK! Chapter 4 Surprise. Chapter 5Birthday. Chapter 6Filling the Ice House. Chapter 7 Saturday Night...
She did all the way up to chapter 22which was the chapter we were on at the time. We'd never gone back to practice. It seems crazy to me. Seriously crazy.
Of course, there are times I send her upstairs to tell her mother something and she'll come back down and ask, "What was I supposed to tell?"
Anyway. Sorry for the long story. I know it's a review. I just had to get that story down somewhere.
THE ELEANOR REVIEW
Me: You already told me 5 stars, so why don't you tell me what the book was about. Or tell me your favorite part.
E: I liked when Almanzo was going to get Starlight.
Me: Who is Starlight?
E: A baby colt. And when he's four, Almanzo's gonna start to "gentle" him.
Me: What's "gentle him" mean?
E: I think it means "make him gentle." How do we "gentle" a colt?
Me: I don't know. What other parts did you like?
E: I also liked that he went to the county fair and (view spoiler)[that his PUMPKIN GOT A RIBBON!!! (hide spoiler)] I loved all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, in particular "Little House in the Big Woods", "Little Town on the Prairie" and "These Happy Golden Years". They are books I can read and savor over and over again. But I just need to give a shout out to my absolute favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder book, and that is "Farmer Boy"to me, Farmer Boy is the underappreciated middle child of the Laura Ingalls collection. People forget about it just because it doesn't start with "Little" or end with "Prairie". It is about Almanzo, who Laura eventually marries. There are several reasons why I love this book more than the others:
1) Almanzo and his family are loaded. Well, compared to Laura they are. They run a much bigger farm than she does and the father is something of a gentleman farmer, not like the wild Charles who is all over the place and doesn't know what he's doing (let's be honest a lot of the books are based around the fact that Charles is a moronfirst they leave the big woods, where the rest of their family is. Then they're stuck somewhere on the friggin prairie and have to ford the friggin river and almost lose Jack. Then they're living in some kind of underground burrow. Then they're starving through the winter because Charles is an idiot who can't provide for his family. This never happens to Almanzo's dad.)
2) They take you through the whole farming season, from trashing the hay to cutting up the ice, to gathering potatoes in great, great detail. It's really a pleasure to read. It's also a big farm, like I mentioned so they're more commercial than the Ingalls' farm. You get to see the process of how, for example, they sell their butter, which is pretty cool.
3) THE FOOD. I've never come across another book that is as lushly descriptive as this one in terms of food. I thought Harry Potter might do it at some point but it proved to disappoint in that respect. Being loadedworking from 5 AM in the fields before the days the dangers of saturated fats or Atkins were known = glorious food descriptions. I can't even begin to recount them but I urge that you check this book out for yourself. I'd also make sure to check it out with the original illustrations [Read] ♷ Farmer Boy ♿ Farmer Boy Wilder, Laura Ingalls Livres NotRetrouvez Farmer Boy Et Des Millions De Livres En Stock SurAchetez Neuf Ou D OccasionFarmer Boy Livres NotRetrouvez Farmer Boy Et Des Millions De Livres En Stock SurAchetez Neuf Ou D Occasion Farmer Boy Wikipedia Farmer Boy Is A Children S Historical Novel Written By Laura Ingalls Wilder And Published InIt Was The Second Published One In The Little House Series But It Is Not Related To The First, Which That Of The Third Directly Continues Thus The Later Little House On The Prairie Is Sometimes Called The Second One In The Series, Or The Second Volume Of The Laura Years Farmer Boy Traduction En Franais Exemples AnglaisTraductions En Contexte De Farmer Boy En Anglais Franais Avec Reverso Context It S That Low Flying Farmer Boy The Farmers Boys Le Style Cher Aux Farmer S Boys Pour L Vnement, C Est Le Bluegrass Cette Musique, La Croise Des Traditions Amricaines Blues Et Europennes Anglo Irlandaises , C Est L Ambiance De L Amrique Rurale Des Annes Chante Par Son Fondateur Notoire, Bill Monroe Le Sentiment Des Choses Simples S Exprime Travers Les Harmonies Vocales Et Des Instruments Cordes Comme Le Banjo, La Mandoline, Farmer Boy Achat En Ligne Aliexpress Achat En Ligne Farmer Boy Pas Cher Sur Aliexpress France Livraison Rapide Produits De Qualit Petits Prix Aliexpress Achetez Malin, Vivez Mieux FARMER BOY, El Segundo Commander En Ligne Menu, PrixFarmer Boy, El Segundo Consultezavis Sur Farmer Boy, Not , Sursur Tripadvisor Et Classsurrestaurants El Segundo Farmer Boys Breakfast, Burgers And More Inspired By The Spirit Of The Heartland, Farmer Boys Was Built On Homegrown Goodness And Raised On Family Pride Founded By The Five Havadjias Brothers, The First Farmer Boys Restaurant Opened Its Doors In Perris, California InOur Generous Portions And Farm Fresh Food Quickly Gained A Loyal Following, And By , Sevenfamily Owned Restaurants Appeared Across Southern California Eager To Share Farmer Boy Farmer Boy Has Ventilation Solutions That Will Fit The Needs Of Any Barn SHOP ALL VENTILATION Air Inlets Shutters CURTAIN SYSTEMS FANS FAN ACCESSORIES Need Help With Construction Services Rely On Our Extensive Experience To Ensure The Success Of Your Construction Project Learn MoreFarm Boy Home Page Farm Boy Fresh Produce, Farm Boy Is Your Destination For Fresh Produce, Natural And Organic Foods, Artisanal Cheese, Premium Meats, Sustainable Seafood And Fresh Prepared Meals Catering Gift Baskets As a child, this was my least favorite Little House book as it wasn't about Laura. But now as an adult, I have grown to like and appreciate it as another perspective on pioneer living. Laura Ingalls Wilder honors and respects her husband by telling his story too. The story of Almanzo Wilder’s childhood days shows another farm family’s lifestyle in America's earlier days. The juxtaposition between the life of a homesteading family and the life of an established farm family in a settled part of the country shows both the similarities and differences of each way of life.
The reader also is able to compare and contrast Laura and Almanzo’s childhoods and upbringing. There certainly are differences in gender roles and responsibilities, education, and creature comforts, but there are also many similarities. Both are raised by parents with strong morals and values, and as the head of the family, the fathers especially are deeply respected and admired. Each is seen as smart and resourceful, and both men love the land and the freedom and independence the farming life brings. The mothers are also respected and valued for their wisdom and comfort and are portrayed as strong and capable individuals in their own right.
Farmer Boy gives us a not only a picture of Almanzo’s upbringing, but also of his personality. His love of horses came at an early age as well as his appreciation of good home cooking and the simple pleasures of a fine meal. His family and community shaped him into a hardworking and determined man of fine character.
While it’s still the one I reread the least, I've gained a quiet appreciation for Almanzo and for Laura's wise choice to include his story.
Listened to ¾ of this in January, and now, two months later, finished it today, also in the car. And pretty much loved it. This is not about Laura's family, though it’s technically listed #3 IN the Little House on the Prairie series. It functions as a kind of contrast in that it is a wealthier farm life experience in New England vs. the Midwestern farm life Laura lived, seemingly near starvation. This book is about her future' husband Almanzo Wilder's family.
As with Laura’s family, she describes with practically ethnographic detail what nineteenthcentury American farm life was like: Gathering potatoes, cutting up ice, making and selling butter. Kids work on these farms, they learn how to do things, they develop humane relationships with animals (and each other). And when they are done working, they then have seemingly breathless fun together. They make sleds, they make harnesses, they hook them up to a team of horses, and they learn how to trot these horses safely. When they are CHILDREN.
Can anyone imagine a holiday more joyful than Laura Ingalls Wilder describes each and every Christmas??!! But Laura one year gets a PENNY for Christmas; Almanzo gets, in addition to a lot of other things, a KNIFE!?
The food they grow and eat is also a contrast to Laura’s farm life, with sumptuous and meticulously described meals, like a certain ham dinner. And there’s another contrasting story; at one point Almanzo’s mother and father leave for a few days. Some work gets done by the kids, but they use up all the sugar making ice cream, they eat cake and ice cream and watermelon to the point of making themselves sick, they do some property damage, and so on. Amusing.
In the end, Almanzo is given the opportunity to sell bales of hay in town. He is TEN years old. And when he is given the opportunity to apprentice as a wheelwright (look it up, and in a DICTIONARY, kids, that was good enough for me, it’ll be good enough for you, you don’t need google . . ), well, you know from the title what he chooses to do. Great to listen to, especially with the incomparable Cherry Jones reading! SO MUCH WORK! And they all seem to enjoy it, even create MORE work for themselves instead of looking for opportunities to have some leisure time (or a nap at least). I would have never made it in those olden days. I am just too lazy. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth this morning as we finished Farmer Boy. My student could not believe it was over! Going to be hard to top this one in the coming months. Not sure how many times I have read this but I am thinking five.
I believe after Little House in the Big Woods, it is the best book in the Little House series.
Goodbye, Almanzo. Not sure when we will meet again. Upon finishing Little House on the Prairie the kids and I were dying to know where the Ingalls' adventures would take them next but discovered that the next in the series focuses on Almanzo Wilder, Laura's future husband. We were immediately taken in by the descriptions of late 1800's farm life in upper New York State. We were struck in particular by the richness Almanzo's family enjoyed in comparison with the Ingalls who seemed to be moving all the time. One of my favorite features of this book is the lengthy descriptions of Almanzo's mother's cooking. That boy ate more donuts and pie than would be good for anyone not doing the the number of chores he was!
Listening to the audio version after reading the book reinforced the story for me and many scenes definitely stood out more. Additionally, language differences also stood out more when heard instead of read. One instance is the family’s use of be (as in “Be you sick, Almanzo?”) instead of the conjugations of to be that we use today. Another was the pronunciation of giddap; this was the first time I had heard it pronounced that way. I had read it as the more common and familiar giddyup so of course it sounded funny when I heard it. Both of these examples led me to believe that the Wilders were more formal than their counterparts, The Ingalls. It’s another small but noteworthy point of comparison when learning about Almanzo’s childhood versus Laura’s.
I have a hard time with audio books, I find myself tuning out and daydreaming when I should be listening, but I will try the others in the Little House series. Cherry Jones is easy and enjoyable to listen to; you can’t help but want to listen to her read more of the story.
My annual reread, this time with Heidi! :)
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!
Before I hand the reviewing reigns over to Eleanor, I wanted to say a couple things I took out of this book. (Hopefully she doesn't get too impatient.)