“A manʼs character is like his house. If he tears boards off his house and burns them to keep himself warm and comfortable, his house soon becomes a ruin. If he tells lies to be able to do the things he shouldnʼt do but wants to, his character will soon become a ruin. A man with a ruined character is a shame on the face of the earth.”
In 1906, Ralph Moodyʼs family moves from the East Coast to Colorado in the hope that the dry air will heal his fatherʼs lungs. Almost 50 years later, the same Ralph Moody begins an eight-book memoir of his life as a young boy on a high-plains ranch.
Ralphʼs family doesnʼt know the first thing about dry-ranch farming, but with hard work and a lot of help from the neighbors, the Moodyʼs eke out a living. And 8-year old Ralph learns to be quite the cowboy, so much so that he earns the nickname “Little Britches.” He also learns about life and how difficult it can sometimes be.
A “Little House On The Prairie” for older, even adult, readers, “Little Britches” captures both the delight of a young boyʼs Western adventures as well as the personal struggles his family endures. Moodyʼs gift lies in the voice of his younger self, mischievous and child-like but also wise and sympathetic. They donʼt write ʻem like this anymore.
I truly enjoyed “Little Britches” and hope you give it a try. You can reserve it here.