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The protagonist, Mary Emma Moody, widowed mother of six, has taken her family east in 1912 to begin a new life. Her son, Ralph, then thirteen, recalls how the Moodys survive that first bleak winter in a Massachusetts town. Money and prospects are lacking, but not so faith and resourcefulness. "Mother" in Little Britches and Man of the Family, Mary Emma emerges fully as a cThe protagonist, Mary Emma Moody, widowed mother of six, has taken her family east in 1912 to begin a new life. Her son, Ralph, then thirteen, recalls how the Moodys survive that first bleak winter in a Massachusetts town. Money and prospects are lacking, but not so faith and resourcefulness. "Mother" in Little Britches and Man of the Family, Mary Emma emerges fully as a character in this book, and Ralph, no longer called "Little Britches," comes into his own. The family’s run-ins with authority and with broken furnaces in winter are evocative of a full and warm family life. Mary Emma & Company continues the Moody saga that started in Colorado with Little Britches and runs through Man of the Family and The Home Ranch. All these titles have been reprinted as Bison Books, as has The Fields of Home, in which Ralph leaves the Massachusetts town for his grandfather's farm in Maine....

Title : Mary Emma & Company
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ISBN : 9780803282117
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 235 Pages
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Mary Emma & Company Reviews

  • Shiloah
    2019-07-22 14:01

    This is one of my favorites of series! I love the family industry.

  • Stacy
    2019-07-09 18:02

    (Read-aloud)We love reading of the adventures of the now beloved-to-us Moody family, narrated by the young Ralph (11yo). These are excellent read-alouds, all of them (and especially for boys, I think). Ralph is a hard-working, inventive boy, respectful of authority. He acts out of a clear knowledge of right and wrong. I can't recommend this series enough.Mary Emma (Ralph's mother) comes to the forefront in this book, but the story is still told through Ralph's eyes and in his words. Some new characters were introduced in this book, too- (our favorite being Uncle Levi ("By hub!")). We all laugh out loud at Ralph's descriptions and the kids are always asking daddy to read just a little more.

  • Trace
    2019-07-02 16:34

    I don't dish out 5 stars readily... but I knew right from page 41 that the widowed heroine of the story, Mary Emma, would be a kindred spirit. This is a story about a family who uprooted and moved from Colorado to Massachussets in 1912 and how they industriously made a new life for themselves. It was a VERY inspirational read. And about page 41? Mary Emma was quote on that page as saying to her children: "Until you are all grown and ready to have homes of your own, I willnotbe separated from you children for a moment longer than is absolutely necessary. That means that we must find some way of making our living in our own home."Highly recommended.

  • Joseph Leskey
    2019-07-11 15:59

    The author has quite some talent and no mistake! This is some of the most interesting writing I've ever seen. It's even more immersing than many works of fiction. This is quite a feat, by my standards leastways.

  • Ginger
    2019-07-09 17:00

    Mary Emma is another literary parent to look up too and inspire to be like! Interesting story for the whole family, about a family that has to pull themselves up by the boot straps and find a way to make a living...and quick. The ideas and businesses they come up with are entertaining and inspiring. I love their dedication, work ethic and how much love they have for each other. The ending put tears in my eyes.

  • Becky
    2019-06-30 12:40

    Didn't enjoy quite as much as the last one; less adventures, but still a good story with pretty solid morals. Sadly, although they live what's "right", for Ralph at least, it seems to be not out of conviction but just because it's what his mother requires or because it was the law at that time. (mostly not working on Sunday)

  • Melanie
    2019-06-24 13:39

    Another solid 4-star book in the Little Britches series. In this book, the Moody family moves to Massachusetts and basically starts over from scratch. I was amazed at the creative ways this family found to support themselves. I was inspired by the way they accepted their situation and worked like all get-out to to solve problems and improve their future.

  • Mitzi
    2019-07-03 13:41

    4.5 stars... Another great book in the Ralph Moody autobiographies. I'm loving this series, and am so impressed with this family!

  • Susan
    2019-07-16 17:45

    I have enjoyed each book so far in the “Little Britches” series by Ralph Moody, and this one is no exception. “Mary Emma & Company” is the heartwarming account of thirteen-year-old, Ralph, his widowed mother, and four younger siblings as they begin their new life in Medford, Massachusetts following their move from Colorado. Together they struggle to establish a home, find sources of income, and “fit in” in a new community. This is the story their first six months in Massachusetts and the hard work, perseverance and unity that brought them a closeness and joy despite the many difficulties they encountered. This is a lovely read!

  • Amy
    2019-07-03 09:41

    Mary Emma is one of the most admirable mothers of any memoir (or fiction) I’ve ever read. I don’t understand how these books aren’t as well known and widely loved as the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

  • Emily
    2019-06-22 16:43

    Another heartwarming book following the adventures of the Moody family in the early 1900's. A great family or read-aloud series for all ages, although reading on one's own would probably be suited for ages 9 or so and up.

  • Charlotte
    2019-06-27 14:00

    Love, love, love! If you haven't read the Little Britches books yet, you need to. They have so many things to think about and ponder and examine yourself and who you are and who you want to be. We listened to it on audio book and the narrator is fantastic.

  • Kelli
    2019-07-07 15:01

    I love this series. I think I can just go ahead and buy my own copies now. I will raise my children on these books.

  • Nathaniel
    2019-07-21 17:00

    i liked it

  • Caleb
    2019-06-28 11:00

    i listened to this book on an audio book i liked it

  • Wil
    2019-07-04 16:43

    We continue with their life in Medford MA; Ralph just can't get a break and is eventually drummed out of town by the cops.

  • Sandra
    2019-07-03 14:53

    Each book in this series is just as good as the previous! This is something I rarely see!

  • Alexis Neal
    2019-07-21 14:54

    Another excellent read from Ralph Moody. I think I liked this one more than Fields of Home and very nearly as much as Man of the Family--largely because the Moodys are once again trying to make a living at odd jobs in a new situation. Ralph exercises his ingenuity and incredible work ethic, his mother works to provide for her family while also protecting their education and childhood. I think I particularly like the way his sister Grace is portrayed. As a girl, she doesn't have the same ability to get the jobs Ralph gets, but she seems to be every bit and bright and hard-working as he is, and she gets her own sort of odd jobs and helps tackle family projects with gusto and creativity to match Ralph's. Although she doesn't get to go to school (education being less important for girls) she is presented as Ralph's equal, and they work well together. In Little Britches, Ralph excelled at everything he tried and he was lauded by everyone he met. In this book, as in Man of the Family, he has to overcome obstacles to provide for the family, and his incredible talent, rather than being superfluous and suspect, is necessary--without it, the family might not have made it.Here, too, Ralph encounters a new kind of injustice, in the form of a school teacher who has it out for him from the first. The teacher gets him into trouble with the law on more than one occasion, and for actions that were accidental or justifiable. Yet he bears the injustice with good grace--he addresses the police officer respectfully and answers honestly (in fact, it seems that the police officer ends up liking and respecting him in the end). He doesn't talk back to the teacher or complain about the injustice done him. He just buckles down and tries to stay out of trouble. In our current climate of whining and complaining about fairness and rights, his submission to authority is an excellent example. All in all, this continues to be an excellent series--entertaining to be sure, but also convicting. The Moodys set a compelling example for children. If and when I have my own kids one day, I fully intend to read them this series. Hopefully they like it as much as I do.

  • Denae Christine
    2019-07-10 09:54

    Reader thoughts: I wished it was longer. I think this is one of the shortest in the series.Ralph's stories have caught my heart. I especially love reading about his mistakes and clumsy moments. The good times are great, but barely scraping through makes the Moody family look mighty courageous and God-reliant. I love reading about the trouble they have to go through, and learning that they had to pay $6 for a ton of coal. Wow. And $15 for a month's rent. And Ralph is a genius.Oh, and the try-try-try-try-again attitude. Everytime something doesn't work right the 4th or 5th time, I think, "Give up and try a different tactic!" Then, they get it to work on the 7th try, at midnight, after spending twice as much money and 10 times as many hours that they wanted to. Hanging wallpaper on the ceiling? Why are they even bothering? Fixing the stove? I'd almost rather die of freezing to death than work as hard as they did. Pulling railroad ties from the river? Laundering fancy lace? This family did everything they could to survive and afford food.I just wanted them all to return to Colorado (yay!) instead of staying in Boston, where Ralph just didn't fit in to the big city. Plus, all their friends were in Colorado, and they knew how to make a living there. Alas, Ralph's mom was too honorable. She knew returning to CO would put a man's life at risk.But, oh, they did have so much fun, too! Grace and Ralph sledding onto the one lake, the May gifts, Ralph's job at the store and all the stories he heard.Writer thoughts: The don't-give-up theme was all over this book (indeed, all over this series), but it never felt preachy. It just fit with how hard the family worked and with Ralph's go-getter personality. He didn't do it to show off but to take care of his family because he loved them so much. I think that's why it works in this story, because it's so real. Plus, because Ralph kept getting marked down on the "bad boy" list at the police station (even though they were accidents). These faults keep the Moodys from seeming too high and mighty.

  • Julie
    2019-07-05 17:59

    I feel so lucky to have discovered this series. Reading them to boys is creating memories I will cherish forever.

  • An Odd1
    2019-07-12 17:49

    Jan 1912 Bedford Massachussetts. Mary Emma, widowed in Colorado, shares six children in rooms of brother Frank, wife Hilda, and two toddlers. When classmate Al ducks in a fight, narrator Ralph 13 instead punches principal, who reports the boy to police. Cop Watson strokes his thick white mustache sympathetically, but another fight, though provoked by others, plus an accidental high step into the backside of girl in line, land Ralph in the official black book three times "no livin' way to get it unwrote" p 167. First day, Ralph lands a job at Mr Haushalter's nearby grocery store, learns to ride bicycle for deliveries. The kindly boss drops words in the right ears for rental and furnishing. A large house in a good neighborhood needs cleaning; tricky ceiling needs wallpaper gluing; ancient sooty furnace needs repairing, and antique walnut furniture comes from a funeral connection. A big basement room suits starting up a fine laundering business. For fun, even Gracie 15 dares sledding fast around clay pit. "I would not, for all the world, have any one of you children grow up to feel that you were less than equal in every way to any other human being who walks the face of the earth" p 97 says Mother. "Of course Philip wanted to know why I was so late, but I just told him that some boy messed things up when we were forming our lines to march out of school. There wasn't any sense in telling him that I was the one" p 194. Sweet, warm, inspiring, innocent. Whether in fun or serious, shaded full and half- page images show people in action. Brave, hard-working Moody family are a treat to be around. We can learn about early 1900s. Girls got May baskets from admirers. Gracie makes one for little Philip to label "To Mary Emma From her best lover" p 233.

  • Jenny
    2019-07-16 18:02

    I love love love this series! It is so inspiring to me. It reminds me of days on grandpa's ranch and helps me see a little more of what he did there and why he loved it so much. It's inspiring in this book how Mary Emma (a widow now) is always able to make ends meet following the inspiration of God and with help from her husband, from "the other side". I love how every one of her 6 kids have a job to do to help the family and they do it at all costs. What responsible kids. It's just proof that there is always some way to make a living, it just takes creativity. The series is based on a true story too. I love it and highly recommend the "Little Britches" series to anyone with a trace of farm blood in them. "Little Britches" sounds like it is for kids, and while my kids would like's written for adults. My favorite is the first book and the 2nd, but I loved this one too.The 3rd I didn't love, but it was still good. It was all about his summer working on a cattle ranch and the cattle drives and cows and bucking horses, not my favorite, but I did learn that cows have personalities...I guess every animal does...jsut never thought about cows before.

  • Alexis
    2019-07-10 17:44

    We are already loving this fourth book in the series by Ralph Moody. I put off reading the fourth book because I didn't feel Moody had anywhere else to go with his series. How wrong I was. The first three books were fantastic and each of them rank very near the top of list of treasured read-alouds. Today, just five chapters in, Mary Emma and Company has pulled us in. Unfortunately this evening both boys choose to play/wrestle/generally horse around during the getting ready for bed time. Instead of threaten them with loss of reading time, I simply listened to the wild chaos coming from the bathroom (they both found each other's antics hysterical this evening) waited until bedtime and then asked them to get into bed. There were tears from K and sad scowly faces from C, both were attempting to communicate to me the vast degree of devastation which they were going to suffer from in being denied their nightly reading of Mary Emma. In fairness, I had asked them to get ready quickly. I did not however add, as I usually do, "so that we can read."

  • Andrea
    2019-07-04 10:59

    My bookmobile librarian recommended this book to me. I was happy to see that it would help me reach my non-fiction goal for the year. I've mentioned it before, but I'll admit once again that I struggle with non-fiction. It makes me think of textbooks, and I don't recall any textbooks that I enjoyed reading.But, Mary Emma and Company did not read like a textbook. It is part of Ralph Moody's autobiographical works. When I first started the book, I kept wondering if it was really fiction, because it read like a novel. This period of Ralph's life was very interesting. Almost two years his father died, his mother and his five siblings moved from their home in Colorado to Medford, Massachusetts. This was in 1912, and life during that time was very interesting to read about. Ralph's mom and his older sister, Grace, decided they'd support the family laundering fine garments. Ralph worked at a grocery store and his income ($1.50/week) went to help support the family.His family was very close and very strong. They all did their part to help and were hard workers.

  • Melody
    2019-06-30 09:38

    The fifth book in Moody's autobiographical series is the lightest one yet. The family has moved back east, and needs to make a living- not unlike what they needed to do in Colorado. This time, though, it's a tad more uneventful- and the illustrative stories are just a bit weak. I found the parts about Ralph getting his name written down in the "bad boy book" by the police to be interesting, and I wonder how his memory colored that- was there, in fact, such a book, and if so, could it have been so unfair? There were warm and wonderful passages, of course- but this book could have been twice as long and I would have liked more analysis of their situation and less sledding. On its own, it would probably be a 4 star book, but as part of the series, I'm knocking it down one by comparison.

  • Celeste Batchelor
    2019-07-01 11:36

    I absolutely LOVE this series by Ralph Moody! I am so impressed with the good examples Ralph and his family were to each other. I am particularly impressed with Ralph's mother who tried so hard to never let her children see her discouraged. Throughout all of their trials they work hard themselves and also look to Heavenly Father for His blessings. They never sit back and wait for charity to bail them out of tough spots. The family sticks together and does not berate each other, fight, or blame. Such a wonderful example for any family. I highly recommend it for everyone and especially for boys.

  • MaryAnn
    2019-06-24 11:34

    This is an all-time favorite for me. The values and character traits emphasized in this book, such as the importance of family, the value of hard work and working together for a common good, perseverance and creative thinking are beautifully illustrated. I love the way the family works together and helps each other in hard times and I love the ways they had fun without spending any money. I also really enjoyed the way Ralph thinks and uses his abilities to create business opportunities at a very young age. He has a wonderful entrepreneurial spirit.This is definitely on my must read list.

  • Ariel
    2019-07-12 10:50

    This book (and the whole series, I think? I'll find out in a bit) is meant for younger kids, but it's still a good story and I really need some "fun" books to read (seriously... mom scolds me for reading only practical books). That aside, I really enjoyed Mary Emma & Company. It's got a wonderful innocence to it and I especially appreciated the Moody family's quiet trust in God and their creativity in how they made a living. It's amazing how hard kids back then (this book is set in the early 1900s, but in the olden days in general too) worked and the sheer ingenuity of their ideas. Just goes to show that people rise to the expectations placed on them!

  • Hannah
    2019-06-30 17:59

    This continues to be the most interesting, encouraging, and personally challenging biographical series I have ever read. I have difficulty imagining anyone of any age not enjoying this and profiting from reading it. These children amaze me, and I have to look at the adults to see the reason why they are this way. Quite the example they set! The Moody family is not perfect, but they have incredible work ethic and love for one another--and they are real.A fantastic read.

  • Elaine
    2019-07-06 17:37

    Another great installment in this series. It's great to see how resourceful the whole family is, figuring out how to make a living as they start out their new lives in MA. I love seeing such a strong work ethic, especially in kids! Even the younger siblings want to contribute in a useful way. Despite all kinds of setbacks, they don't give up. Ralph's mom (Mary Emma) holds the family together, with high standards for workmanship, yet also never compromising on quality family time.