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Farmer Boy (Little House) [Paperback]

By Laura Ingalls Wilder (Author)
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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.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperTrophy
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.6" Width: 5.2" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2007
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Series  Little House  
ISBN  0060885386  
ISBN13  9780060885380  

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More About Laura Ingalls Wilder

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. Little House
  2. Little House (HarperTrophy)

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farmer boy  Jan 25, 2008
When I read this book, I got interest for pioneer life. I get suprised, because he, Almannzo, do all of his work and helps his family. And he went school that is far away from his house in snow days and in hot summer. I also impressed that his toy is the sled that made out from tree, and it is all hand maded. Today we usualy uses sled, but we don't use sled that are made out of trees. I thought he lead a full life solid. I don't want to live back that time, but I want to play with Almanzo and I want to ask more about his life in farm.
Harder, simpler times of days gone by in the life of an eight-year-old farm boy  Dec 23, 2007
Having somehow never read Little House on the Prairie or anything else by Laura Ingalls Wilder as a child, I find myself reading Farmer Boy because my favorite eight-year-old bookworm "BW" is reading it in school. They have little in common. The title character, Almanzo, the youngest of the four Wilder children, lives on a farm in northern New York at a time when (p 28) "children must be seen and not heard." Truly. Almanzo (who in real-life grew up to become the husband of Laura Ingalls) awakens at 5:30 to do his chores, BW two hours later to get ready for school. Almanzo trudges a mile and a half in 40 below weather to a one-room schoolhouse, BW rides four miles in a heated car. Almanzo returns on foot at dusk and milks a couple of cows, BW returns by bus, eats a snack, relaxes and spends half an hour on homework. Almanzo rejoices over his two hand-made birthday gifts, BW would probably be disappointed to receive similar, assuming I could even create such things. Almanzo's father threatens him with a beating when his carelessness almost results in his own death by drowning or hypothermia, BW (and most, I hope) would have been transported quickly home for hugs, heat and hot cocoa. Obviously written in an entirely different day and age, the story does have some non-pc moments, including a negative reference to Native Americans, a similarly problematic name for a type of bread, an incident involving a stingy ungrateful person forced to give a considerable reward under duress and, a teacher who wields a whip. Even so, Farmer Boy is an excellent depiction of the joys and hardships of rural farm life in the late 1800s, which compares well (in hardship at least) with the stories I've heard about my ND homesteader ancestors. Also good: The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden, The Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka, and A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.
Great Motivational book for children  May 17, 2007
If your kids complain that you give them too many chores to do and they never get any time to have fun this book should be a must read! Not only does it contain numerous lessons about farming techniques and problems but it also shows how much a little boy of 10 years is capable of doing and how willing and proud he is of doing it. I was very impressed with the book and found myself reading it on my own, without my child. Laura Ingalls Wilder has quite a talent in putting pictures down in words. Almanzo Wilder's one year in this book was facinating and enlightening. I have a much larger appreciation for both what times were like and how much easier they are now.
Almanzo's Childhood: Preparing for His Life and His Wife (His Bride)!  Apr 27, 2007
Of all the Laura Ingalls Wilder "Little House" books, FARMER BOY is, hands down, my very favorite.

The book covers a portion of the boyhood of Almanzo Wilder, who was to grow up to become Laura's husband. Almanzo grew up on a thriving, successful farm in New York state. Almanzo's father was especially known and respected for raising top-quality horses. Almanzo's mother had her own home business ventures and was known for making top-quality butter, fetching top dollar, to be served in some of the finest restaurants in New York City.

I could probably write a book about this book and why I love it so much. Through the examples of the Wilder family, its strengths and limitations, the author puts forth some enduring lessons about hard work, mutual respect, the value of time and money, hope... and more. FARMER BOY stands out among the other "Little House" books because: a) it is about Almanzo, long before he ever met Laura, ten years his junior (so Laura was not even born yet at the time this book starts its story); and b) the Wilder family, like the Ingalls family, faced hardships, but not to the relentless and ridiculous level that the Ingalls family seemed to do so, leaving more room to delineate normal, day-to-day life, which itself was incredibly rich and interesting.

During the time that Laura, many miles away, was an infant and young child, Almanzo was growing up in New York, developing his love of horses and skill in working with them. During the time he was a young man venturing out west, Laura herself was developing her love of horses and skill in riding them. That they were both "horse lovers" provided a lovely and important common ground later when they met, courted and married.

Almanzo James Wilder was born February 13, 1857 and died on October 23, 1949, at the age of 92. Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born on February 7, 1867 and died on February 10, 1957, at age 90. They were married on August 25, 1885. These details mean that Almanzo was very much alive in 1933 when FARMER BOY was published, and presumably, very much available as a resource for his wife Laura, the author. To me, that is precious and relevant, for it attests to longevity (both of their marriage and their lives) and to the presumption of authenticity regarding this wonderful book. Highly recommended!

Farmer Boy  Apr 3, 2007
Farmer Boy

Do you like farms? Well, this boy certainly does! This boy named Almanzo is a boy who just loves the farm. Farmer Boy tells you how farming was done in the 1870's. It describes how they used to have to spend two weeks cutting hay, and how they had to wake up at three o'clock in the morning on Independence Day just to save the corn. It tells what it was like to live in the house with his two parents, and his annoying big brother and sisters! This is the life of a true farmer! I thought that this book was great, and I really encourage you to read it.
Farmer Boy is recommended for kids eight to twelve. Personally, I think that this book is great for people8 and older. I know s that still like it, and I know that I do! Even though a lot of people over twelve do not give it a chance, I hope that you will.
The words in this book are very easy to understand, and there is no inappropriate content either. For example, in the book it says, "The ice-house was built of boards with wide between. It was set high off the ground on wooden blocks, and looked like a big cage."(Sic) You can see just from this quote that it is easy to read, and Laura Ingalls Wilder did a great job of describing things.
Farmer Boy is also a good chapter book for visual learners. In every chapter there is at least one picture. This helps you visualize what is happening in the book, and it helps you understand what is going on.
I thought that Farmer Boy was a great book. I really learned a lot about life and farming in the 1870's. This book is perfect for people who love history and biographies. The best part of the book is at the end when Almanzo gets a big present; it is something that he has always wanted. The only way you will find out what it is is read the book!


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