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Farmer Boy Paperback – Apr 8 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Harper Trophy Edition edition (April 8 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064400034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064400039
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 313 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
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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 best of all, when the fair comes to town.

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

About the Author

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957) was born in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods. With her family, she pioneered throughout America’s heartland during the 1870s and 1880s, finally settling in Dakota Territory. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885; their only daughter, Rose, was born the following year. The Wilders moved to Rocky Ridge Farm at Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, where they established a permanent home. After years of farming, Laura wrote the first of her beloved Little House books in 1932. The nine Little House books are international classics. Her writings live on into the twenty-first century as America’s quintessential pioneer story.

Garth Williams's classic illustrations for the Little House books caused Laura to remark that she "and her folks live again in these pictures." Garth Williams also illustrated Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and almost one hundred other books.

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Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on May 1 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on April 23 2003
Format: Paperback
Farmer Boy is about a nine-year-old boy named Almanzo Wilder and wonderful his family. They live on a farm in the 1890's. Almanzo really wants a beautiful colt to take care of all by himself. His father won't let him because he said that he would ruin it. Almanzo also has little, cute, calves. So for his birthday he got a yoke to train them with. Throughout the book she talks about the colt he wants.
I think Laura Ingalls Wilder puts so many themes in the book. The one that stands out to me is hard work. Hard work shows up a bunch. They live on a farm no wonder there is a lot of hard work. I think people who just sit around all day and help around the house. You would probably get used to it, like Almanzo.
I loved the book. It was nothing like I've ever read before. With her descriptive words and wonderful chapters. It was like I was there. Back in the 1890's. When we got to the last chapter, when I wanted to find out if Almanzo's dream came true, we had to wait for two days. If you read it,you will find out.
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By A Customer on April 23 2003
Format: Paperback
Farmer Boy
By: Alicia
Farmer Boy is about a boy named Almanzo that wanted a colt really bad. He wanted one all through out the book. His father is like a firm and stern person, and Almanzo doesn't think he'll let him have one. Although his father is like that he is a good lesson teacher. He teaches him lots of things like what hardwork is and to be honest. He is a lot like his father. He makes and does the same things as him. One time he brakes his calves and entered his pumpkin in a contest. He also got a pig. When a potato hit him in the eye I hoped he was ok. You should read how Almanzo and his brothers and sisters helped each other, how they worked, and how they played.
I think Laura wanted to tell us that our dreams can come true and to keep believing. I think She wanted to let us understand what respect is and she taught a lot of good lessons in the book. Also what hardwork is and about farm life and how it was back then.
I liked the book because Laura Ingalls Wilder has a good description of her book. It made you want to be there and do it. Also to see if Almanzo's dream or wish would come true. It made me want to read it. Did Almanzo get what he wanted? Do you think his life is easy? What happened when a potato hit him? Did he win the contest? Read it and find out!
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