SUMMARY Ô Farmer Boy

Laura Ingalls Wilder Ô 1 SUMMARY

In spite of the hard work Almanzo has fun too And was there ever a boy who loved horses ? Was there ever a boy so happy with a farmer's lif Listened to ¾ of this in January and now two months later finished it today

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Farmer Boy

Other and sisters on his father's farm in New YorkAlmanzo's chores get him up at dawn and keep him working till dinner summer and winter But SO MUCH WORK And they all seem to enjoy it even create MORE work for themsel

CHARACTERS Farmer Boy

Some day Laura Ingalls will marry Almanzo Wilder in the town of DeSmet South Dakota But for now Almanzo is miles away growing up with his br Are you hungry yet?Much of Laura's childhood was spent in near starvation Wh


10 thoughts on “Farmer Boy

  1. says:

    Are you hungry yet?Much of Laura's childhood was spent in near starvation While they always had something to eat it was never enough for the family to be satisfiedThus when Laura wrote about Almanzo her future husband's childhood she focused on the most idyllic parts and what she wanted for her own childhood and her child which was a full stomach and stable home Almanzo simply ate He ate ham and chicken and turkey and dressing and cranberry jelly; he ate potatoes and gravy succotash baked beans and boiled beans and onions and white bread and rye ’n’ injun bread and sweet pickles and jam and preserves Then he drew a long breath and he ate pie I swear my stomach rumbled every ten minutesAfter a book of this I began searching for a cookbook and luckily there are books aplenty based on this series The Little House Cookbook My Little House Cookbook which I cannot wait to tryNow the entire plot of Farmer Boy did not solely revolve around food we also get a look into farm life from the perspective of a wealthy farmer Almanzo's father loved farming and did his best to impress that love to his son with great success There was no time to lose no time to waste in rest or play The life of the earth comes up with a rush in the springtime Reading as Almanzo completed farm chores and tamed his oxen kindled my brief but fervent desire to become a farmer in fifth grade well until the impracticality of city life ruined that dreamThat being said not even Almanzo' s cushy childhood was left untouched by the harshness of living in the late 1800s If the teacher has to thrash you again Royal I’ll give you a thrashing you’ll remember There was one crazy scene where their teacher cracked a whip around the school room due to some seriously rowdy teens could you imagine the look on the PTA Mom's faces?While this one was not as endearing nor as thoughtful as Laura's other novels I certainly enjoyed reading it This was fun way to learn about life a hundred years agoAudiobook CommentsRead by Cherry Jones and accompanied by Paul Woodiel on the fiddle Love this audiobookYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading


  2. says:

    I enjoyed listening to this engagingly narrated and enchanting story I won’t recap my thoughts on the story; you can read my review of the print version here Listening to the audio version after reading the book reinforced the story for me and many scenes definitely stood out Additionally language differences also stood out 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 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 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 of the story


  3. says:

    My annual re read 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 uite this way and the good eats will make your mouth water


  4. says:

    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 lifeThe 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 rightFarmer 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 hard working and determined man of fine characterWhile it’s still the one I re read the least I've gained a uiet appreciation for Almanzo and for Laura's wise choice to include his story


  5. says:

    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 under appreciated 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 than the others1 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 moron first 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 dad2 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 commercial than the Ingalls' farm You get to see the process of how for example they sell their butter which is pretty cool3 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 loaded working 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


  6. says:

    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


  7. says:

    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 nineteenth century 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 CHILDRENCan anyone imagine a holiday 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 AmusingIn 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


  8. says:

    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


  9. says:

    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 donuts and pie than would be good for anyone not doing the the number of chores he was


  10. says:

    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 impatientThere's a lot in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books written for adults as well as kids The theme of self reliance comes through loud and clear The difference in child rearing wow Hold onMe Eleanor what does it mean to speak when spoken to?E It means BE UIET UNTIL YOU ARE SPOKEN TOMe 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 knowMe What do you think?E Well if we have a uestion we speak So I don't know about that rule dadMe You mean you don't like it?E NoThat'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 earlierMe Weren't you EleanorE YeahAnyway me again like I said there was a lot in there for grown ups that is applicable to todayThey 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 father the faultless the diligent he'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 story to tell about her before I let her write her part of the reviewHere's what I wrote down when it happenedIt 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 sporadically than that She ALWAYS remembers what chapter we're on Here's how it went downE What's chapter 22 called?Me The Fall of the YearE But I thought chapter 10 was called The Turn of the YearMe 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 schoolSo 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 1 3 and at 4 she stoppedE I don't want to tell anyShe was getting bored exasperated or just plain wanted to stop Maybe she didn't know any Me You don't remember?E I do I just don't want to tellMe teasing No you don'tE I doMe 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 anyE OK Chapter 4 Surprise Chapter 5 Birthday Chapter 6 Filling the Ice House Chapter 7 Saturday NightShe did all the way up to chapter 22 which was the chapter we were on at the time We'd never gone back to practice It seems crazy to me Seriously crazyOf 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 somewhereTHE ELEANOR REVIEWMe You already told me 5 stars so why don't you tell me what the book was about Or tell me your favorite partE I liked when Almanzo was going to get StarlightMe Who is Starlight?E A baby colt And when he's four Almanzo's gonna start to gentle himMe 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 spoilerthat his PUMPKIN GOT A RIBBON hide spoiler


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