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Early 1900s Colorado. Fortified with Yankee ingenuity and western energy, the Moody family, transplanted from New England, builds a new ranch life. Father has died and Little Britches shoulders the responsibilities of a man at age eleven. Determined Grace and religious Mother cooks beans, bread and repair lace curtains while Ralph builds frames and delivers baking....

Title : Man of the Family
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ISBN : 9780803281950
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Man of the Family Reviews

  • Trace
    2019-06-22 16:04

    As my son says - we would rate this 10+ stars if we could. It's so hard to put into words how much this series has come to mean to us and how much of an influence Little Britches has had on my son. He has become a literary hero of sorts, to my son. We purposely took our time with this book - we just didn't want it to end. But all good things must eventually end... :) And we look forward to reading the next one in the series.

  • Cindi
    2019-07-18 11:47

    Wow! Wow, wow, wow. Loved it.We all felt sad as Ralph's father died at the end of Little Britches. This story picks up as the family moves into Littleton, knowing they can't survive without a man on the ranch. Ralph's mother pulls the family together and with will and determination and family pride keeps them afloat. The children help, of course.There are funny moments, teaching moments, serious moments, tense, sad, and on and on. There's a fun surprise that I didn't expect at all in the middle of the book. We all felt emotional at the end of the book with a strange turn of events. I had just been talking to my daughter about feeling emotions while reading books. She said that when she can put herself inside the story, she can feel what the characters feel. Ralph Moody definitely draws us into his story.Now we have to decide whether or not to read or skip the next book, which actually covers a summer previous to the end of Man of the Family. Mary Emma and Company picks up where Man of the Family leaves off.

  • Sondra
    2019-06-22 16:37

    This is a wonderful treasure of a book. This is the 2nd book in the Little Britches series. Please don't let the name "Little Britches" scare you away from these books. They aren't just for kids. My husband and I love them just as much, if not more than our kids do. These books are the true story of the life of Ralph Moody. And what a life he lives! His books are full of excitement, love, hard work, family, all of the good stuff. You know, sometimes we don't have all of the things in our lives we'd like to have. And we may get to feeling sorry for ourselves, and wishing we had more. But then along comes a book, such as Little Britches, or Man of the Family, and that book reminds us what is really important. This book gives us all a lesson in integrity, hard work, and old fashioned ingenuity. I can't think of a book with a more beautiful example of children honoring their parents then in these books. Nor can I think of parents who are more deserving of being honored. I've read these books myself, and I've read them to my family. If you are a parent, Please! Read these books! And then when your kids are old enough, read them to your kids! I promise, you won't consider it time wasted. Reading books such as these in your home will help build a strong family and bring goodness into your home.

  • Christy
    2019-07-01 15:50

    Love love love Little Britches and the lessons in it. This book gave prompt to talk about how Ralph hid his racing earnings from his mom. I also wished that Mom would be more welcome to people helping her. It is one thing to be self-sufficient, and on other to be prideful. I LOVED the example of entrepreneurship throughout the book. A stark contrast to today when a fatherless family lives off the govt.

  • Tamara
    2019-07-13 14:44

    This glimpse into life on the Colorado frontier in the 1900s is fascinating. I love Ralph's determination, problem-solving, kindness, and humor. It's stunning to think of the responsibilities young children were given a hundred years ago compared with how little we require of our kids now.

  • Shiloah
    2019-07-12 16:58

    We have loved the Little Britches series....however, I gave this book 3 stars because I'm disappointed in the choices this family makes. Throughout the first two books I noticed they have honesty issues. Keeping little things from each other it all adds up, but is with little consequence. The choices the mother makes I don't agree with. I feel she isn't an example of honesty or integrity. I understand the culture of the times allowed for some tight-lippedness but she didn't even tell them about her having a baby. That is relatively small compared to the main event at the end, but all in all, she isn't that excellent example I thought her to be... Like Marmee in Little Women or Sarah Prine in These is My Words. Marmee would have faced adversity in the face instead of sneaking away.That said, it won't stop us from reading the rest of the series. All the other stories in the book are just delightful. I especially loved the story of Mrs. Callahan. Cows have a special place in my heart, but this one, she was a darling, hilarious character.Ralph Moody is a very good writer. He makes the old west come alive. I'm astounded at all he has done in his short twelve years in this book. It makes me want have a home on the range. Definitely, with a Target and a Barnes and Noble nearby, though, and an easy path for the UPS guy to deliver. Then it would be perfect. Now to see what happens in Boston.

  • Melanie
    2019-07-05 14:00

    Ralph Moody is forced to grow up a bit in the second book in the Little Britches Series. Since his dad has passed away, 12-year-old Ralph does all he can to help support his family. His efforts are impressive, considering the amount of hard work most 12-year-olds in our era are willing to do. I was amazed at the variety of jobs Ralph's mom took on in order to earn enough to feed her family. This is really a great story, reminiscent of the Little House on the Prairie, but for an older audience. This is one I hope to share with my kids when they get a little older.

  • Sara
    2019-07-11 15:54

    August 2016 - perhaps my favorite LB book. First Reading July 2014:This is a tremendous second offering in the Little Britches series. This text is full of American perseverance spirit, classic hard work and pioneer ingenuity. By far my favorite so far in the series and something I cannot wait to share with my children. A true classic ripe with critically important life lessons.

  • Sara
    2019-07-23 14:43

    Finished my second reading 17 March 2016. This is a thoroughly enjoyable story, and I'm having a wonderful time reading it again with my son. Full of excellent life lessons and examples of strong moral character, hard work ethics and good family relationships makes it a great book for everyone.

  • Joseph Leskey
    2019-07-07 10:55

    This is a brilliantly composed novel. The writing is absolutely glorious and the stories are masterfully enthralling and often comical. It could do without some language, but it still deserves a full five stars.

  • Andee
    2019-07-17 12:49

    I read this to my kids in December '08 and we LOVED LOVED every second of it. We can't wait to read the next book in this series by Ralph Moody.

  • Marcie
    2019-07-23 18:04

    Love, love, love this series. They are clean and wholesome! They make me want to churn my own butter. :)

  • Linda Hart
    2019-06-25 12:41

    This is a great book.

  • Jennifer Forsberg
    2019-07-19 11:52

    Fabulous, I want to read it to my kids. Good work ethic.

  • Vaughn Ohlman
    2019-07-17 16:53

    But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.A Review of ‘Little Britches’ and ‘Man of the Family’ by Ralph MoodyThe Ralph Moody books are not Christian. I am an overtly Christian blogger and blog on overtly Christian themes, so I thought that was worth mentioning. Ralph Moody, himself, may or not have claimed to be a Christian. This semi-autobiographical work (at least, I have heard that it is only ‘semi’ autobiographical, I have read nothing definitive on it) may or may not have been seen by the author as presenting an overtly Christian world view. Certainly it was from a time where most people in the United States, if not overtly Jewish or atheist, would have claimed to be Christians.However the books certainly deal with Christian themes. Of course, all books do that; one way or another. Whether they confirm or deny, highlight or blur, all books must, by their very existence, deal with the reality of creation, law, grace, and redemption.I heartily recommend these books. I guess, when writing a book report, one has to say something like that. Like that or the opposite. But, again, these are not Christian books. Parents will need to be very vigilant in addressing the various themes brought up in the books; some of which deal with very, very difficult themes; and see to it that they confront their own children with the comparative or contrasting Christian viewpoint.All of which brings me to my goal in writing this review at this time. There is a Christian issue, an important Christian issue, which is at the same time denied/obfuscated by many in the church. Let me describe a scene in the book, and then deal with the issue:The scene is this: Ralph and his family moved out to Colorado in the hopes that his father’s tuberculosis would get better. After a year or so in which Ralph and his father bond greatly over their new life as ranchers, his father finally succombs to TB, and his mother has a baby. After an intense few days the family is finally able to come back together under one roof, and the mother, from her bed, organizes a meal. Of that meal Ralph writes:That first supper was the most memorable meal of my life. The big yellow mixing bowl sat in the middle of the table, filled to the brim with well-browned pieces of chicken, stewed until it was almost ready to fall off the bones, whole potatoes, and carrots-with big fluffy dumplings, mixed at the bedside, floating on top.Father had always said grace before meals; always the same twenty-five words, and the ritual was always the same. Mother would look around the table to see that everything was in readiness; then she would nod to father. That night she nodded to me, and I became a man.These are the last sentences in the book and, hard core ‘big boys don’t cry’ guy that I am I (almost) cry every time I read those lines.The second book is entitled ‘Man of the Family’ and shows young Ralph Moody living up to the ending of the first book. Some times wisely, sometimes not so wisely, sometimes with his mother’s support, sometimes behind her back, Ralph spends the next few books bravely and often successfully trying to be the ‘man’ of his family. In particular, to provide for them.Against his mother’s objections regarding the importance of school, Ralph places his priorities squarely on the idea that he needs to provide for his family: to work hard enough, to make money enough, so that his family might eat.And work hard he does, and make money he does. Together the family scrapes by for the rest of the books, although the focus changes after a few of them from the family to Ralph himself.But my focus, here, is on the issue presented in the paragraph above. The husband/father is dead. The oldest son is a young boy. Is he, should he be, does Scripture seek him to be; the ‘man of the family’?Our society certainly doesn’t. Far from it. The very idea of a ‘man of the family’ is about dead, but in this case, definitely. It is now the mother who is to be the ‘man’ of the family: to provide for her own.Now, as we will see in a minute, this stands in stark contrast to Scripture (and most of history) as well as the feelings and actions of Ralph Moody. But the problem is worse than that. The verse that actually teaches this has been perverted to mean the exact opposite of what it says!The verse concerned is:1Ti 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.Now, in the context of the passage, this verse has a very, very specific meaning. The passage is speaking of widows, and of the responsibility of the church. And here and elsewhere it specifically charges believers to take care of their own widows. That if and only if there are no believers in the widows family might the church be held responsible for her (and only if she is older. Younger women are to marry.)Specifically if the woman have sons or nephews, they are to take care of her. Their mere existence means that the church should not be held responsible for her welfare. The widow and, obviously, her young children.So how is this contradicted, nowadays? Well, pretty much across the board, to start with. It is a rare church that would teach that the young (or even older) son is responsible for his widowed mother, let along a nephew. A rare church indeed that would say that the church is responsible for the older widow who was truly without Christian family. And an extremely rare church who would tell the young woman that she is obligated to marry.Indeed, most churches would specifically repudiate all of these ideas. They would tell the young son that he should stay in school, the older son that he is an ‘adult’ and no longer responsible for his mother and her family (and they would tell the widow that she is responsible and should go to work). They would deny the churches responsiblity for the older ‘true widow’; and they would horrified if anyone were to suggest to the young woman was to actually feel obligated to get married.And then, to add deliberate insult to grave injury, the church then goes and, ripping this verse completely out of its context, and turning its meaning precisely on its head, they use it to say that young men should not get married because ‘they are not ready to provide for a family’.Ignoring the fact that a Biblical family starts with a patriarch, not some poor young teenage boy who gets married, they teach that a young man, in order to be ‘ready for marriage’, needs to have finished his education, gotten a ‘good’ job, and saved enough money to ‘support’ his ‘new family’.In other words, they take a verse that literally means ‘no matter how unprepared you are, young man, you need to take the responsibility for a family that has just suddenly been dropped in your lap,’ and they pervert it to mean, “Young men need to ignore all of the clear Scriptural (and physical) drives that they have to get married, and pursue a false and unScriptural concept of readiness.”Little Britches, on the other hand, had no such unScriptural idea. He understood his responsibility vis a vis his family and was willing to stand even up against his mother (now there would be an interesting Scriptural discussion, eh?) in order to insist on his responsibilities as he saw them.And both books present many more issues of Scriptural interest. His relationships with his bosses, his co-workers, and his family are rife with dramatic interest to the Christian. Sometimes right, sometimes wrong, and sometimes rather confused, Ralph struggles to do his best in difficult circumstances. Again, these books, all of the series, are well worth getting, as long as the parent is up to reading them first, and discussing them afterwards.

  • Trish Boese
    2019-07-23 09:49

    5* We all loved the continued story of Ralph Moody. At 11 years old, his father has died, and Ralph is the man of the family. He is very resourceful and finds ways to make money, like making a business deal with herd drovers to guide cattle through town, then getting his schoolmates to help for a cut of the pay. The work and business ethic of the Moody children is impressive. They all had to work hard to stay together and make enough to live on. This is the best kind of family read-aloud book - a historical adventure story, fine morals to inspire, and an endearing boy to love.

  • Scott
    2019-06-25 09:39

    Man of the Family by Ralph Moody relates the story of a 12 year old boy, living with his family in 1910 and his experiences as he provides for his mother and siblings. The family has to leave their ranch after the death of the father. And the boy is put in the position to provide for the family. The book is a great visual of rural America in the early 20th century. The protagonist is most ingenious as he figures out ways to earn a living. I liked the story and I liked how descriptive Moody is as he describes the farm and family. This is a fun little book.

  • Michael Berges
    2019-07-01 12:52

    I thought it took about half way through the first book for the author to find his rhythm and this one really picks up well and is much more interesting a read throughout. Now Little Britches is on the lam, which is a complete shocker. Why is he on the lam? Well you'll have to read the book, and I'll have to get on to book 3 to see how this turns out.

  • Leiloni Schulz
    2019-06-25 11:56

    This book was just as good as the first, which is difficult to find. I enjoyed reading this book to my kids. There are many great life lessons to learn. For one thing, just because something is difficult, does not mean that it is not worth it.

  • Shorel Kleinert
    2019-07-08 14:45

    Again, a solid follow up of the first book. I’m really enjoying the life principles taught and even the ending conundrum, where the decision to hold to principle leads to a tough decision. Highly recommend this series.

  • Cnelsonquilt
    2019-07-15 17:43

    This reminds me of reading Anne of Green Gables. It has that positive feel, full of values, hard work, and strong morals. One big difference is that this is a biography of the author's growing up years. I am looking forward to the next book

  • Charlotte
    2019-07-20 14:38

    I love, love, love Little Britches. There are so many take aways and life lessons. I keep thinking about the boy in the story and my boys and I want them all to become such great men! Do not miss these books - you will come away better people.

  • Kelli
    2019-06-22 17:45

    I need to own this series. I love Moody's story telling. I ought to research whether this is his family's story. I will read this series with my children.

  • Holly
    2019-07-16 15:37

    Love these books.

  • Marilyn
    2019-06-24 16:37

    There was no adolescence in Ralph's life. He literally went from child to provider overnight. I marvel at what he did so well, so young. These are beautiful books!

  • James Nance
    2019-06-24 10:56

    I am enjoying reading these stories aloud to my wife.

  • Nathaniel
    2019-07-21 10:41

    i liked it

  • Caleb
    2019-06-26 13:04

    `i liked it we listened to it on audiobook

  • Elizabeth
    2019-07-19 12:44

    Fabulous story. Ralph was taught to work hard. A must read for my kids when they get older.

  • Candida Silva
    2019-07-09 17:02

    This is a great book about growing up and learning and the love of family.