Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illustrated by Garth Williams
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: Little House
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st HarperTrophy ed edition (April 8, 2008)
Source: My bookshelf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
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.
I’m reading this series to my kids and they are loving it. Sometimes they get restless during the descriptions of how things are made, but for the most part, they enjoy the stories that Laura tells about Almanzo and his family.
The thing I like about this book is that it subtly teaches values of hard work, honesty, and providence without it coming across as preachy or overbearing. It gave me multiple chances to talk to my kids about the choices Almanzo made, why he made those choices, and if they were the right ones. But beyond the fact that it’s a great conversation starter, the book is also a beautiful story.
My girls loved the story of Almazo’s teacher, the Fourth of July celebration, and the Christmas get together. If you’ve never read these books, or your kids haven’t read them yet, try reading them together. It’s wonderful to experience these books with your kids.