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Publisher's Summary

At age 11, Ralph becomes man of the family and an entrepreneur. He continues his horse riding and cattle driving, and the Moody's start a cooking business.
©1951 Ralph Moody (P)2001 Books in Motion

Critic Reviews

"[Moody] has a splendid talent for bringing the ashes of the past into life." ( Chicago Sunday Tribune)"An affectionate portrait of ranch-town folk who knew how to help without humiliating, and a warm but ungushing tribute to a remarkable woman who deplored her inability to give her children everything, yet gave them much." ( New York Times)

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Quality family time

Our entire family has enjoyed listening to this series. The narrator, Cameron Beirerle, does a superb job of bringing the characters to life. I honestly can't imagine reading the books after having listened to them first. We have been sad at the end of each book that it must come to an end and we don't yet have the next book ready to listen to.

Not only is the audio format excellent, but the true credit goes to Ralph Moody for authoring such a well written and exciting story of his life. There has been so much opportunity for rich discussion with our children thanks to the Little Britches series.

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Little Britches Series Book #1

I finished this book in 2 days. It was wonderful! Full of old fashion values and what it actually took to get through harder times. I loved this book so much I am now reading the book.

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Great Life Lessons

What made the experience of listening to Man of the Family the most enjoyable?

I like all Ralph Moody books I have read. This one I decided to listen to as well. I was not disappointed. The story came through with the same strength and heart.

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Little Britches

These books are worth checking out. You will see why they have captured so many hearts! They are worth your time becasue they are touching, funny, and sweet in all the right places!

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Amazing

It was awesome I really enjoyed it I’m really looking forward to listen to the whole branch because this book was really awesome I didn’t like it as much as father and I were ranchers but it was very good

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Great classic for the family

A lovely book of character, family and community building. Well read and easy to listen to.

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I must "read" all of the series!

Would you listen to Man of the Family again? Why?

I watch movies once; and I read books once. For me, there's too much to do to go back.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Man of the Family?

I have truly enjoyed learning of all the creative ways Ralph earned money to help out the family.

Which character – as performed by Cameron Beierle – was your favorite?

Of course, Ralph is my favorite character. I find it interesting how he talks most about the sister that is closest to his age. And I enjoy him talking about her, too.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and got teary eyed, too.

Any additional comments?

I find this series of books as ones I want to "read" to acquaint myself more with how life was before I was born.

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Great story, not my favorite reader

The story may not be quite as engaging and beautifully written as the Little House series, but the Little Britches books are still great and worthy of reading/listening.

However this reader needs to learn about how “A” and “the” are pronounced, at least.

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NEVER GETS OLD. A LIFE TO LIVE BY

I was first introduced the "Little Britches" aka Ralph Moody way back in the 4th grade which was in 1964. My 4th grade teacher Mrs. Martin read to the class everyday after lunch. This story has stuck with me ever since. I read it to my kid when they were young and now as a grandpa read it to my grandkids. The stoey never gets old and the lessons learned still hold true today.

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a fantastic book!

This book is definitely worth listening to! I loved it! I liked how the story was written, from the boy's perspective. The narrator sounded like he enjoyed reading it.

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  • 10-09-21

Superlative

What a wonderful on-going Life Story, superbly narrated. With the difficult situation they found themselves in and the heavy decisions Mrs Moody had to make, it surely makes us count our blessings... they certainly lived by their principles and had a nobility of soul...

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  • P R Gilling
  • 03-25-18

Delightful classic for all ages!

A wonderful account of a little man's extraordinary life, raised with old fashioned integrity, encouraging us to slow down in a fast paced world.