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Farmer Boy (Little House) [Paperback]

By Laura Ingalls Wilder (Author) & Garth Williams (Illustrator)
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Item description for Farmer Boy (Little House) by Laura Ingalls Wilder & Garth Williams...

Nine-year-old Almanzo lives with his family on a big farm in New York State at the end of the nineteenth century. He raises his own two calves, helps cut ice and shear sheep, and longs for the day he can have his own colt.

Publishers Description

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.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Farmer Boy (Little House) by Laura Ingalls Wilder & Garth Williams has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 605

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.64" Width: 5.17" Height: 0.86"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 8, 2008
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Grade Level  Grade 5  
Age  8-12
Series  Little House on the Prairie  
ISBN  0064400034  
ISBN13  9780064400039  

Availability  283 units.
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More About Laura Ingalls Wilder & Garth Williams

Laura Ingalls Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7, 1867, near Pepin, Wisconsin. From 1882–1885 she was a teacher in South Dakota. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885. Laura and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, made their own covered-wagon trip with their daughter, Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri. There, believing in the importance of knowing where you began in order to appreciate how far you've come, Laura wrote about her childhood growing up on the American frontier.

Laura Ingalls Wilder has said that she and her sisters were busy and happy as children but loved Pa's stories the best. In 1932, when Laura was 60 years old, she wrote her first book, Little House In The Big Woods, so those stories would not be lost. She thought about how she had seen the settling of the frontier -- the woods, Indian Territory of the Great Plains, the frontier towns, the coming of the railroad, and homesteading on the prairie. She thought of writing the story of her childhood in eight volumes that would cover each aspect of the American frontier. These became the Little House series. Wilder finished the last book in 1943. On February 10, 1957, she died at age 90, on her farm in Mansfield, Missouri.

For millions of readers Laura lives on forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 and died in 1957.

Laura Ingalls Wilder has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Library of America
  2. Little House
  3. Little House (HarperTrophy)
  4. Little House (Original Series Hardcover)
  5. Little House (Original Series Paperback)
  6. Little House Chapter Books (Paperback)
  7. Little House the Laura Years (Audio)
  8. My First Little House Books (Hardcover)
  9. My First Little House Books (Paperback)
  10. My First Little House Books (Prebound)
  11. My First Little House Books: My Book of Little House Paper Dolls
  12. Writings to Young Women on Laura Ingalls Wilder

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...makes it impossible for readers to follow the saying 'early to bed, early to rise'...keeps you reading long into the night  Jan 23, 2007
Nine-year-old Almanzo "Manzo" Wilder has a delightful family, complete with three older siblings (Royal, Eliza Jane, and Alice), along with two loving parents, and never wants for anything - especially not food, as the table is always laden with lavish spreads of food, from mashed potatoes to chicken, and pumpkin pie to apples and onions. But now, as Manzo begins preparing for school, he realizes that there's something he wants more than anything, and that's a colt of his very own. Pa, however, doesn't believe that Almanzo is old enough to break a colt. He feels that Almanzo's duties lie more within weeding the fields, and training a team of young oxen to pull carts, and assist with the daily chores. So Almanzo decides to prove to his family that he has the strength, and the maturity, to have his own colt. From sun up, until sun down Almanzo works as much as he possibly can, helping his father with everything from seeding to weeding, and pulling to sheering. It is only, however, when the New York State resident realizes that skipping school all the time to work among a farm, and neglecting his studies to play with his friends and spend the day sledding, that Almanzo learns that proving your responsibility doesn't only take a lot of manual labor, but labor for your mind, as well.

As an avid viewer of the "Little House On the Prairie" TV show, I wasn't exposed to the character of Almanzo Wilder until he was well out of childhood, and considered a man. So I was quite excited to have the opportunity to learn more about his quirks as a pre-pubescent boy growing up in northern New York State. Almanzo, even at the age of nine, was a responsible boy who grew up to be a responsible man. He worked hard, but never forgot to enjoy his youth by getting into all sorts of mischief - from overeating ice cream, to staining the family's parlor wall with blacking. His interactions with his older brother and sisters are comical, as he is treated like a baby more often than not, and appears to resent it more than anything. As strange as it sounds, I was a big fan of Almanzo's mother throughout the tale. Talk of her days and nights slaving over a stove, preparing the most mouth-watering meals known to man really gave me an accurate depiction of the amount of work that took place during the frontier years, while at the same time leaving me with a serious craving for a thick slice of pumpkin pie. As with the previous book in the series, LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS, FARMER BOY includes a biography about the author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, along with a brief history on two very important subjects (the county fair, and school days), the lyrics to a song (Yankee-Doodle), and a recipe (Pulled Molasses Candy). FARMER BOY makes it impossible for readers to follow the saying "early to bed, early to rise," for it will keep you reading long into the night.

Erika Sorocco
Freelance Reviewer
Read it aloud yourself, please.  Nov 29, 2006
I love all of the Little House books, and have since I was a little girl. I can spew out more information about the books than most readers, and have visited all the Little House sites. I love that I am getting to do this all over again with my daughter, and that she loves the books too.

That said, I do not like the CD versions of the books. There is an insincerity that comes across in the readings of the books, almost a mocking. Cherry Jones' accent is actually very distracting from the story. Her sense of the writing in the story, and how it would be delivered is very off. I'm not sure why anyone would have approved of the readings much less printed them and sold them at such a high price.

I know that Ms Jones is an accomplished actresses. That's why it's so sad that these wonderful stories are mangled by someone who should be able to give them the beauty they deserve.
A particularly good book for boys! (but girls will like it too!)  Nov 19, 2006
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Since my first four children are boys, I thought Farmer Boy would be the perfect introduction for them to the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The hero of this story is Almanzo Wilder, a spunky country boy who is only 9 years old when the story opens.

Almanzo lives in New York State in the late 19th century with his mother and father, older brother Royal, and two sisters, Eliza Jane and Alice. Almanzo is the youngest. They live in the days of horse drawn carriages, home made dinners, no electricity and the one room school house.

Mrs. Wilder draws us into the story immediately with a dangerous situation in the school house. A new teacher is in town and he has to deal with the Hardscrabble boys. These are older boys, really young men, who have taunted and provoked previous teachers. They beat one teacher so badly that he died. Mild mannered Mr. Corse has taken the position and with the help of Almanzo's dad, comes up with a very politically incorrect (by our standards) but effective way of dealing with these ruffians and saving the school year for the other children.

This is just one of the very exciting adventures in this book. I found as I was reading it to my children, that I could pick out virtually any chapter and find an exciting story that could stand by itself, with Almanzo right in the middle of it. From falling through the ice, to saving the crops from freezing, a mysterious stray dog, to trying to prove his maturity to Father, this book captivated my sons and even my 7-year-old daughter!

My kids particularly enjoyed Mrs. Wilder's description of food and meals. She describes everything so wonderfully that you can almost smell the odors and taste the food.

"Almanzo ate the sweet, mellow baked beans. He ate the bit of salt pork that melted like cream in his mouth. He ate mealy boiled potatoes with brown ham-gravy. He ate the ham. He bit deep into velvety bread spread with sleek butter and he ate the crisp golden crust. He demolished a tall heap of pal mashed turnips and a hill of stewed yellow pumpkin. Then he sighed and tucked his napkin deeper into the neckband of his red waist. And he ate plum preserves and strawberry jam, and grape jelly and spiced watermelon-rind pickles. He felt very comfortable inside. Slowly he ate a large piece of pumpkin pie."


What strikes me throughout the book was that there was a rhythm and circle to life that had to be followed for survival. When it was time to cut ice for the year, it was time to cut ice. If you waited too long or started too early, you would not have enough ice to last until next year. When it was time to plant, everyone worked to get the crops in. When it was time to harvest everyone worked hard then too. There was also no waist. Every bit of the crop was used. When a pig or a steer was butchered, all the parts of the animal were used for food, clothing and even making soap and candles.

Although Almanzo and his siblings work well together, they still have their squabbles. One of the more endearing parts of the book was an exchange between Eliza Jane and Almanzo that could have been real trouble for Almanzo, and upsetting for mother. However, but Eliza Jane out compassion for her brother and sorrow for her own part in it, makes things right.

The book has much humor in to. Our favorite part came in the end when the town tightwad tries to tip Almanzo with a nickel, and Almanzo quips that he wouldn't take his nickel, because, "I can't change it!"

For an authentic look at what life was like just before the 20th century, I would highly recommend this book. If I wanted to pass on the importance of hard work and preparation, I think Farmer Boy also illustrates those lessons well. But most importantly it's an uplifting story of a family that works together as a team, and a little boy trying to grow-up and reach his dreams.
Much duller than the Laura Ingalls books  Nov 6, 2006
I bought Farmer Boy for my [...] year old and was a bit distressed to see how dull it was in comparison to my memories of the Laura Ingalls books. There is a lot of description, and not a whole lot of plot. Nevertheless, I will try to suffer through the 6 hours of tapes with my child as we read along together. The narration is well done, it's the writing of the books that I have an issue with. I hope that when we progress to my old favorites like "on the banks of Plum Creek", I won't find myself disillusioned with those as well.
your boys will love girls books after this one gets them hooked on Laura  May 19, 2006
I have this book to thank for discovering the "Laura series", which somehow, I'd missed in childhood. I read this book aloud to my son, then 9, and he became so interested in pioneer life, that he devoured every other Laura book, either with me reading to him, (or, when he often couldn't wait till our next time together to find out what happened next) his reading it alone.
Not only was I thrilled that he became a more self-motivated reader after this, but I loved that through this entree, he became engrossed in a "girl" book series, and subsequently never turned down a book that has a girl as the heroine. Parents should consider this book for many reasons, but I truly recommend it as a super "stereotype buster", for those who like to see their sons, even those who previously bypass "girls'" books, devouring "girls'" books for the next year, as they can't wait to finish the entire "Little House" series.
Beyond this, I love Laura's portrayal of Almanzo, her future husband. Both my son and I gained a new and well-deserved awe, not only for the pioneering Laura family which we would next discover, but for the established settlers, in our older state of NY. We entered a world whose inhabitants would likely today be called "workaholics", "pathologically compulsive" and we discover to our surprise, that some such people not only do not become "humorless obsessives", but they experience a peace and contentment that is rare today. We learned how some "old-fashioned virtues" often scorned today: incredible industriousness and labor, unremitting attention to detail, beauty, and perfection in running one's household, total lack of whining and self-pity, practiced by parents who work from morning to night, and raise 5 children (without a word about burden, sacrifice, or superiority), are not only possible, but, amazingly, can lead these parents, AND their children, to happiness and life satisfaction. . And in their kids--we see that it is actually possible for kids in larger families to love each other, and help each other, and that OTHER outcomes, (besides those coined by neo child "experts", like "the middle child syndrome"), may result. The key of course is the love, devotion, and personal "practicing what they preach" with which the parents imbue the messages they give here.

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