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Farmer Boy [Paperback]

Laura I Wilder
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Sept. 29 1971 Little House (Original Series Paperback)

While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the westernprairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sistershelp with the summer planting and fall harvest.In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut fromthe river and stored. Time for fun comes when the jolly tin peddler visits, orbest of all, when the fair comesto town.

This is Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of how her husbandAlmanzo grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Lauralived.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in the Wisconsin woods in 1867. She wrote the Little House books based on her own experiences growing up on the Western frontier. Just like the characters in her stories, Laura and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest as they moved from place to place. She and her husband, Almanzo, finally settled down in Mansfield, Missouri, where she lived until she was ninety years old.

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The New York childhood of the young man who becomes her husband is the stuff of Laura Ingalls Wilder's FARMER BOY. With her signature insight into the daily life of a nineteenth-century farm, Wilder champions the earnest hard work and family joy of Almanzo Wilder. Details abound --the techniques for training a team of young oxen, the agony of a Saturday night bath, the myriad of delicious foods at the county fair, the unrest the "big boys" cause at school, the wisdom and guidance of parents. Wilder is a keen observer, and Cherry Jones has an eager voice. Her narration is quick paced and enthusiastic as she recounts each story with an immediacy that brings the listener into each season's happenings. Fiddle music complements the recording. A.R. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books for boys and adolescents Sept. 11 2010
This (primarily) non-fiction book is entertaining and educational. It is a must for any boy's library and is also quite enjoyable for adults.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yikes! June 27 2004
I've never read any of Wilder's books except this one. I've never even seen "Little House on the Prarie." The first thing I thought while reading this book is, "Did people really live like this?" Sure, the kids in the book had some fun, but mostly their lives were work, from sun up to sun down. The father, in the winter (40 degress below zero) had to get up at midnight and make the cows move around, otherwise they would freeze where they stood. Thank God for modern technology, which has made our lives so much more easy and pleasant. I recommend this novel for everyone. Wilder writes in a simple, sparse style, one you might call "Hemingway for children." Hard to believe people had to live like this, just in order to have enough to eat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best from a great series! April 22 2004
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Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Farmer Boy" is a departure from the rest of the famed "Little House" books in that it does not relate the story of her own family's hardscrabble existence on the western frontier, but instead tells the story of her husband's boyhood on his family's prosperous farm in upstate New York. Thus, it introduces readers to an entirely new family, the Wilders, and the Ingalls family is not even mentioned. However, this is one of the best books of the "Little House" series.
"Farmer Boy" details a year or so in the life of 9 yr old Almanzo Wilder. A good deal of this book is spent showing that life on a farm in the 1860's, even for a well-to-do family living in a civilized part of the country, still meant never-ending, hard, physical labor. Young Almanzo and his siblings spend their lives working on one chore after another- the work changing as the seasons change. Undoubtedly, modern children will read this book and be thankful that they don't live in a time where sleeping in past 5 AM was considered odd and children were expected to be seen (at work) and not heard.
In addition to describing day to day life on a farm, Mrs. Wilder also details the family relationships between the Wilders. Almanzo's parents are shown as loving, but, in contrast to Pa and Ma Ingalls, they come across as a little more stern and authoritarian with their children. For example, James Wilder, Almanzo's father, is always called "Father" never "Pa."
Almanzo's relations with his three siblings are also described. (Almanzo actually had five siblings, but oldest sister, Laura, and younger brother, Perley, were left out of the book.) Almanzo looks up to his 13 yr old brother, Royal. Ten yr old sister Alice is shown as being very spunky and loveable and was obviously Almanzo's favorite sib.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of Alonzo Wilder's boyhood Jan. 13 2004
In book three of the Little House series, Wilder turns her attention to the childhood of her husband Alonzo Wilder, who grew up in somewhat different circumstances in New York State. Although life for the Wilders is somewhat more settled and secure than it would be on the prairie, it is still a struggle to make a living off the land. But it is a good life, one that revolves around the family and the simple pleasures of rural life such as attending the fair. I found this book to be one of the more enjoyable of the series and find it unfortunate that Wilder did not write more about her husband.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever! May 1 2003
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Once upon a time seven year old Almanzo Wilder was walking to school with his sisters: Eliza Jane and Alice. He also had a brother Royal, his oldest sibling. Almanzo was complaining he always had to carry the dinner pail. Alice told him it was your turn. So they went to school.
After school they had to go home and do the chores, which Almanzo loved? His dad would never let him touch or train the baby horses. Then Royal, Alice, and Eliza Jane go off to a different school and Almanzo doesn't have to go to school. Since he doesn't have to go to school, he had to do Royals chores. Almanzo missed his brother and his sisters.
One-day pa said it's time to pick-up Royal, Alice, and Eliza Jane. Almanzo was so happy. When they got home they opened presents. Royal, Alice, and Eliza Jane said they had to go back in two weeks. Almanzo's birthday was coming up and he got a sled and pa said he could train the young horses. This was a great story and I gave it five *****'s. I would recommend it for a book report or just to read. Have fun reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You sould read thid book. May 1 2003
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I will tell you that you should get this book. I loved this book and I know you will to. This book is about a boy that lives on a farm. The boy's name is Almonzo. My favorite part is when Almonzo got his cousins to ride his sled and they all fall of. Farmer Boy is the best book I've ever read. I would recommend this book to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farmer Boy April 23 2003
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In Farmer Boy, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, there is a boy named Almanzo Wilder. He is spunky and loved the farm life and especially horses and colts. His father owned and trained them. Almanzo always wanted a colt, but his father wouldn't let him have one. When he goes to the county fair he sees horses there. He asks if he gets a colt, he could take it to the fair next year.
I think that Laura tries to tell us that hard work and being responsible really do matter. Also that if you try you can accomplish anything you want to. I also think that she tries to show us how hard life was in the 1800's. When they needed milk they have to go out and milk the cow in the cold. They can't go to the store and buy a half- gallon of milk.
I really enjoyed reading this book because Laura gives good descriptions and words it very well. She also shows how hard farm life was back then. So does his responsibility pay off? Does he get a colt or not?
By: Maura
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