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Ralph Moody turns again to Colorado, the scene of those two delightful earlier books about his boyhood, Little Britches and Man of the Family.This is an extension of Mr. Moody's recollections of his twelfth year, and fits withing the framework of Man of the Family between chapters 25 and 26.The Home Ranch has all the warm and wonderful ingredients which made his first twoRalph Moody turns again to Colorado, the scene of those two delightful earlier books about his boyhood, Little Britches and Man of the Family.This is an extension of Mr. Moody's recollections of his twelfth year, and fits withing the framework of Man of the Family between chapters 25 and 26.The Home Ranch has all the warm and wonderful ingredients which made his first two books such universal favorites with readers of all ages. The book teems with exciting and poignant incidents and with memorable characters, most of them good, kindly, generous people--though there is a villain. Mr. Moody is at his best in picturing a young boy's struggles with economic and other adversities, and having lived through them himself, he writes with such convincing honesty that the reader knows that this is the way things were.Highly recommended for all readers from nine to ninety....

Title : The Home Ranch
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ISBN : 9780803282100
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Number of Pages : 277 Pages
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The Home Ranch Reviews

  • Alexis
    2019-06-22 17:51

    I just finished reading this book to the boys (8 and 6). As a read-aloud I really can't say enough about this series. First and foremost, these are true stories, a fact that really seems to resonate with my boys. Second, Ralph Moody lives according to a moral code that is impeccable. Moody or "Little Britches" treasures hard-work, honesty, integrity, and goodness. And finally, these stories are just plain fun to read. It is easy to become absorbed in the childhood of Little Britches. Indeed it is a way of life that has long since dissolved in this country, but the need to resurrect the work ethic and values that are evident on every page is sadly evident with one glance at today's headlines. The "Little Britches" series is exceptional, and I enjoy it because the stories are great fun, but I absolutely adore it because of the conversations that it has faccilitated in our house and the emotions we share.The Home Ranchends with a scene that involves Little Briches and Hazel thanking each other for the summer they have had together. Little Britches explains, "That was the first time I ever wanted to kiss a girl, but I didn't. Hazel whirled away and raced for the house. With my high-heeled boots and chaps on, I couldn't run fast enough to catch her." Seeing the expression on Caden's face as I read that...priceless.

  • Christy
    2019-07-20 16:52

    This is the third book, but chronologically it takes place about 3/4 through the 2nd book. I thought it odd, while reading the second book, that his summer working for Batchlett only took a chapter. I was right, it took a whole book. :). We really enjoyed the lessons he learned; I like to think of one of them as his Arbinger moment. He saw he was doing the same things that Hank was doing, so he couldn't be mad at Hank anymore and made the appropriate personal changes.I love how he tries to hold to the values that his parents have taught him, even though he is surrounded by men who might not. He isn't perfect at always doing things they would be proud of, but he tries and makes needed corrections when he doesn't.

  • Joseph Leskey
    2019-07-14 14:03

    This was one of those truly excellent books. Like its predecessors, the writing within it was incredible and the plot, though the story of a life (a genre which I often don't enjoy all that much), was completely intriguing. It must be said, though, that Ralph Moody had a life that was a bit more eventful than the average person's.

  • Wil
    2019-07-06 12:54

    I'm on a continued with number 3...I never did decide whether or not I had already read it. Although the novelty has worn off a bit, Moody still brings his youth to life and relates, in a most charming way, the difficulties of a 12-year-old, weighing 75 lbs. and doing the work of an adult cow hand.

  • Elaine
    2019-07-04 14:36

    Another great installment! This kid had a fascinating life! This one focuses on the summer he worked as a cowhand away at a ranch, for a cattle trader. I think he was 12 years old, among all these older cowhands, and he really held his own! He went through some pretty scary moments-getting lost and almost starving to death, stuck in a dust storm, flash flood, witnessing a pretty bad brawl, and then riding all night for 70 miles, part of it on his own, in search of his employer. What 12-year-old kid today could find his way for 70 miles, in the dark, on horseback, searching for a herd of cows, in an area he's only been once in his life, without any trails, but just using river beds and clumps of trees and distant mountains and hills as landmarks? I thought it was a wonderful insight into how he experiences all this through the eyes of a young teen-trying to prove his worth, finding his place among grown men, developing a friendship with a girl, making mistakes and learning from them. It had a good bit of humor too, with the zany other characters in the book with whom he worked. It was definitely an interesting time period!

  • Celeste Batchelor
    2019-07-16 10:01

    I do enjoy seeing things from Little Britches point of view. Some of the phrases make me laugh out loud. I can see a young man with the desire to make his parents proud at every turn and feeling real shame when he doesn't measure up. It is a real shame that our youth of today do not have these qualities. What a better place the world would be if we all had principles to live by like they did then.My wish is that every family would read these books together and discuss them. There is no discussion on specific religious beliefs. No clear set of how or what they followed, except there is a clear impression gained by the reader that Ralph had very clear and concise morals, as did almost all of the other characters in the book. Where did they get those morals from? How did they know how to behave? And, maybe most important of all, how did they all seem to know the same set of morals?

  • Carinne Gee
    2019-06-27 13:45

    I really have loved the Little Britches series. This one was not one of my favorites. I love Ralph and I love the characters. However, I really missed his family and his mother in particular. This book is solely about his summer working on a ranch when he was 12. There was way too much information about horses and dealing with horses. That doesn't really interest me much. The story just wasn't as fun as the others in the series. I will still read the rest though. Still great writing. Still great characters. Still worth reading.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-06-29 13:52

    This was a beautifully written story. I have enjoyed all the books in this series and would definitely read it again.

  • Nathaniel
    2019-07-17 17:48

    i liked it

  • Caleb
    2019-06-29 16:02

    i liked it

  • An Odd1
    2019-07-04 11:49

    May 1911 Denver. Ralph Moody narrates his twelfth year as hand on ranch of cow trader Mr Blatchlett. Chapter titles are themes. Drawings add reality. Much of first "A Boy needs a man's hand" sounds familiar, explaining why Ma lets her eldest work away for a prime salary of a dollar a day under a good mentor. "Ornery milk cows" p 19 introduces the home ranch outfit. Mr Brendt bosses when Blatchlett when telegram from wife bearing son (already born?). Gray mustached Hank constantly harps back "By dogies .. I recollect when I was the size of this here young 'un" p 20, "always bragging" p 84, takes Ralph's sharpened axe, fells trees wrong for cutting poles, leads them astray in mountains. Zeb "looked to be seven feet tall" p 21, hums monotone drone "She wore a yella ribbon round her neck" p 89, p 179 echoes welcome rescue for lost pair. Hazel Brendt, in pigtails and overalls, taunts Ralph, brings him and picnic to her scenic secret place. "Picking a string" p 45 is when she chivvies him into choices for his remuda. Clay is "her old man's prize cuttin' horse" p 50 "Lot o' horse" p 150. Pinch is a "bay .. jugheaded" p 51. Blueboy bucks "up like a geyser" p 59, runs 72 miles straight without blowing, losing wind, to get Blatchett for boy's birth. "No profit a-fightin a man who ain't lookin' for a fight" is Zeb's principle of taming the wild horse, ensuring not "anything to fight against" p 187. "Keeping time with the fiddler" p 127 is Mr Brendt's advice to ride smoothly along with the rhythm of a horse. "Dirty -- squealing' -- pig!" is the insult Hazel mistakenly tosses at Ralph before he teaches her rodeo stunts, first somersault descent. "Is is sneakin' not to tell somebody somethin' so they won't worry?" p 143 Hazel asks Ralph. Quiet around her Ma, her Pa gets lessons to hand her up on horse same trick as Hi did for Ralph. "Betcha my life" p 100 represents what gets the youngster into trouble. Hazel gets cash, a nickel for every cow hiding with her calf. Ralph buys her fine leather gloves with the winnings. She scolds him like pretty Jenny "Wren" Warren natters at her beau, red-head Sid. Fine grey-shaded full page sketches depict the young pair rounding up strays p 105, accidentally catching sight of the wooing suitors p 192. When Hank gets the pair lost, Ralph "waked up" with epiphany p 179. The boy realizes Hank "and I were a good deal alike. Maybe he was trying to do things too big for him so people wouldn't call him an old man .. he wanted the same thing I did: to have other people think he was as smart and able to do things as they were" p 85. "I'd wanted to do something real big, so people wouldn't call me Little Britches and treat me like a boy. But .. only made myself look silly" p 85. Nature threatens helpless men. Hot winds dry up rivers so weakest cattle starve for water (no synonym in English?). Diamond crossses" p 221 drawn with a twig in sand p 227 is the search pattern for lost cattle. "Cloudburst" p 257 floods a canyon, only Hank's timely warning saves the herd and crew. New Hand "Trinidad" p 194 usurps Ralph's bunk; the boss intervenes. After "Bunkhouse fight" p 248, fists flying in the shadow of an oil lamp p 253, the bully leaves. "Reckons them six-guns Batch is holding ought to be worth a lamp and table. 'Pears like Trinidad moved on" p 256. I couldn't understand why Ralph chose the horses Hazel wanted till the end. Otherwise, he''d "have been out on trading trips all summer" p 277. She ensured he would stay at the ranch. "That was the first time I ever wanted to kiss a girl, but I didn't" p 277. She races away, his gift belt in her hand, pigtails bobbing behind. I already read sequel, at his granpa's farm, another sweetheart. Makes me wonder how much of these biographies is imagined. I like them anyway.

  • Katina
    2019-06-27 11:41

    Another excellent book. This whole series is a great "family" read, but if you have kids interested in cowboys or "the west " give this series a go. You won't be disappointed.

  • L.
    2019-06-24 11:03

    I'm reading the entire Ralph Moody anthology of his childhood and growing-up years. These books were my favorites as an adolescent and they hold just as much action, poignancy and honesty as they did in the past. "Little Britches", as he is commonly called by the men he works for (and with) gets a new job offer that pays $1.00 a day. However, since his Father has passed away and his mother is always cognizant of danger, he expects her to say no. Ralph is about twelve at the time and already a trick rider, cowhand and all-around cowboy. He is a hard worker and seeks to help his family survive since his Father's death. But, much to his surprise, Ralph's mother allows him to take this summer job that will keep him away from his family for the entire summer. In this book, Ralph learns even more about being a cowhand and horse trainer. His partner turns out to be a red-headed, pigtailed girl who is very prickly toward him, but really wants to learn to trick ride. The summer is full of ups and downs, but "Little Britches" tames a wild horse that no one else could, rounds up cattle like a pro with much more seasoned cowboys, and earns more education in the world of ranching.

  • Melissa
    2019-07-11 09:53

    Supposedly, this is the third in the series, but actually it picks up a chapter in the middle of "Man of the House" and expands it. So, you don't really move any further in Ralph's life and don't yet get passed the small cliffhanger at the end of "House". However, I actually liked it better than "House" because it tells of Ralph's time working on a cattle ranch with Mr. Batchlett. He goes on all sorts of adventures and does some more trick-riding. However, it is almost all new characters so you don't get to see Hi or any of Ralph's family in this book. It was a fun book to read. I would actually recommend getting this and "House" together and reading this when you get to the chapter about Ralph working for the summer with Mr. Batchlett. It would fill in the blanks in "House" without breaking chronological order.

  • Sara
    2019-06-30 10:05

    August 2016:I appreciated it much more this time. October 2014:While I hated the fact that Man of the Family ended in the middle of a crisis and that this was the next book in the series (and it goes backward in time to the last 1/3rd of Man of the Family) the book itself is part of Ralph Moody's fascinating and moral childhood. I was as impressed with this book as I was with the first or second. I think that Mary Emma and Company is probably the very best of the series (closely followed by The Fields of Home) but I can see that this book is more representative of what Ralph really wanted out of life. In Man, Mary Emma and Fields of Home, Ralph is just trying to make good on tough situations. In The Home Ranch, we see Ralph really coming into his own and doing something that he passionately loves (and seems to have been made for).

  • Melissa
    2019-06-24 14:35

    I loved this book even more than the first one in the series, although it's definitely a 5 start too. Maybe I loved it so much because of my obsessive love of horses when I was growing up, I can relate to many of Ralph's feelings. Ralph is a little older (11 or 12 I think) in this book and takes a summer job earning a man's pay. It's the kind of book you want your kids to read because it's not just a fun, adventurous story, but the underlying moral, what makes a boy a man... a good man, is so well intertwined with Ralph's experiences that the emotional moments hit me by surprise. It's a good read!

  • Melody
    2019-06-28 13:39

    This is book 3 in the series, but chronologically it fits about 3/4 of the way through book 2, which is odd. I suppose there was less of a market for long memoirs when this first came out, and it makes some sense to split the ranching job part into its own book, but since the ending of book 2 is sort of a cliff-hanger, it's disconcerting to pick up this one and find yourself going back in time.I do love this series. Moody's insights and integrity are stellar. The anecdotes are understated but illustrative of a life embraced with enthusiasm and grit. The narrator's overenunciation still makes me twitch sometimes, but it's so nice to have these in spoken form.

  • Amy
    2019-06-25 17:49

    We loved this read aloud. Having grown up around horses it was very nice to read about a summer immersed on a ranch. I even once tried to learn stunts on my cousin's ponies as Ralph and Hazel did. I have family in the area where this book is set so that also added a familiar feel as well as a sense of awe. Times were sure different when an 11 year old boy would ride his horse in the middle of the night from Littleton to Colorado Springs by himself! The characters are fun and good and decent. The writing-phrases and figures of speech-gave us moments of enjoyment. "By dogies!" And "Betcha my life!"

  • Denae Christine
    2019-06-28 12:55

    Historical. I love Little Britches. He's always trying to remember the lessons his dad gave him, and he's trying to be a man, but he only weighs 72 pounds!He's always learning, working, trying new things, and getting into trouble. It's not because he's ornery, but because he's so curious and daring. He's proud at first, but getting lost in the Rockies teaches him the wisdom he needs to keep his job and win all the loves of his life: a blue outlaw horse, praise from his boss, experience of a lifetime, a summer of man's work, and a cute freckled girl (roughly in that order).Aside from the adventure, I love RM's tales because of the truth, valor, and life lessons.

  • Ariel
    2019-07-02 18:04

    Same as with the others in the Little Britches series, this is a fun, easy story with good lessons and plenty of horses and old fashioned fun. This one in particular had lots of neat information about riding horses, and really got me wishing I could take off at a gallop one of these days like Ralph and Blue Boy. And take an adventurous trip or two on horseback into the wilderness. But preferably not get caught in a dust storm or lost on the plains or nearly swept away by a cloud burst like Ralph. But then I guess it wouldn't be as much of an adventure, now would it?

  • Philip Meinel
    2019-07-05 10:48

    More complex life issues than previous books, probably because he is growing up into a young man. This results in a slower pace and greater detail to fully develop the conflict and resolution. Family sticks by family, strives to find the deeper issue, and the permanent solution. Good lesson for our society that would medicate the surface issue in spite of lingering side effects, and possibly file a lawsuit to blame others for their problems.I also reflected on the purity of Ralph's courtship, not being influenced by sex-driven media, he shows tremendous respect for Annie.

  • Mitzi
    2019-06-23 16:59

    Although this is the third book in the Ralph Moody series, chronologically it takes place toward the end of "Man of the Family," when Ralph spends his summer working for Mr. Batchlett. It too is a great book, and I definitely need to read it to my kids. I think my boys especially would love it. I was intrigued by the different personalities and group dynamics of those at the ranch, but I'm looking forward to getting back to the story with the rest of his family members as well.

  • Deanna
    2019-06-24 17:36

    These are the best books for young men! The young men in my house don't like the cowboy thing though so it's not flying here. But my daughter Olivia absolutely loves these books and has reread some of them.These books are especially great to teach about hard work and responsibility.They move a little slow sometimes but they are full of little gems and funny situations. Mr. Moody had quite a life! I'm so grateful he took the time to share it with all of us.

  • Joanna
    2019-07-17 17:46

    I just think these books are amazing. At first I really looked up the father for how he treated his children with such respect yet expected a lot out of them. Then through this book, I was so impressed with the mother and how she was so great through so much adversity. Really good books for anyone who is a parent or just loves a great story. These are all non-fiction I should add. All of this really happened.

  • T.K. Naliaka
    2019-07-02 15:48

    This is the third book in a series often considered the boy's equivalent of the "Little House on the Prairie" series. A beautifully-presented edition of the account of a boy growing up, with real-life hardships and challenges, a very personal account of family and people making it through despite tough circumstances, yet always with the bracing expectation that boys were expected to act like men in the face of adversity.

  • Melanie
    2019-07-07 11:50

    Another great sequel in the Little Britches series. There are some very heart-warming parts in this story as Ralph experiences real-life situations that teach him powerful lessons. I highly recommend this series. We haven't read them aloud to our children yet, but I hope to someday. I think it would be a great family read for kids ages 10 and up because by then they would be old enough to understand and relate to the main character.

  • Michele
    2019-07-12 10:59

    I am a big fan of the Little Britches series. Ralph Moody's true-life adventures as a ranch hand receiving a man's wages the summer he was 12 years old are heartwarming. This story is a wholesome read with enough action to keep the story going. Ralph's friendship with Hazel is a fun part of the story. Very charming!

  • Jessica
    2019-07-03 11:38

    This delves into Ralph's relationships with other people who made a difference in his life. Thatgoes for horses too.Zeb-She wore a yellow Ribbon, Sid-short red head, Hank- ole codger, Mr. Batchlett-the Boss, Mr. Bendt-Hazel dad who allowed trick rideing,Hazel-friend who is a girl and trick rides.I loved it and read it camping.Anything in life worth having takes time.

  • Sara
    2019-06-22 11:05

    This was our most recent family read aloud. I LOVE this Ralph Moody series, as does my entire family. While we enjoyed this book, we really yearned to get to the next book where the story continues. This one just went back and was about a time period during the second book that Ralph spent on a cattle ranch. We liked the book, but are way excited to get to the next one!

  • Teri
    2019-07-10 10:54

    This book is NOT in chronological order and doesn't pick up where the last book ends, which was so annoying we almost didn't keep going. So glad we did, because otherwise we would have missed Hazel! What a GREAT female character in these mostly male books that proves she can do anything Ralph can do. We loved reading about their friendship!