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Publisher's Summary

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.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

©1933, 1961 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2004, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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We learned so much

we found this book engaging and entertaining as well as learning so much about a young boys life in the 1800's

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 13-11-2017

wonderful way to spend a childhood.

Enjoy this book as an adult with your children by your side. There are some great scenes in this book. I especially like the story of the pig and the candy, I also liked the story about the Colt STARLIGHT. the part where the parents go away for a week and the kids are left at home to cook and clean is hilarious, almost like the kids getting into the cookie jar with all the sugar they used. The narrator is perfect and has a wonderful voice for this book and makes it sound like you are really there as Almanzo. Laura Ingalls Wilder hit a homerun with me with this book and I'm 58 so I guess I'm just a kid at heart.

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  • knittymama
  • 20-02-2017

7 year old boy's review

This is the best book ever. I like that it is set on a farm and it all the cool stuff they did. They get to do lots of grown up stuff but also have fyun. The ending made me sad that it ends! I really like Almanzo's dad. It feels good inside to hear about him.

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  • J. C. WOODS
  • 01-05-2017

Fun, wholesome, outstanding!

We listened to this story as a family on a road trip, and I feel like it enriched all of our lives! Our young girls enjoyed, our teenage boys enjoyed it, and their parents enjoyed it too :)

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  • Abigail McCann
  • 06-08-2018

Wonderful!

One of my favorites and my 7 year old son LOVES this story. Very well read but Cherry Jones. Highly recommend!!

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  • Joe Mendonca
  • 06-08-2018

Exceptional Telling of a Favorite

My dear mother would read this book to me as a boy. It seems nostalgically impossible to replace the warmth of her voice during storytelling. And yet Cherry Jones delivers a tale wrapped just perfectly.

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  • E.F.B.
  • 03-08-2018

Charming

Another very cute story! This one was different from the Little House books that I've read so far because Almanzo lives on a farm near a town rather than the frontier, but it was still written in the same charming way that gave me all sorts of historical insights.

The characters were enjoyable once again, as well. All unique personalities, not repeats of previous characters, and I especially enjoyed the family dynamic.

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Swearing: On rare occasion it's said someone swore, but the word is not written out.

Violence: The older boys at the schoolhouse are said to have beaten up and run off every teacher that tried to punish them for their misbehavior. The younger kids are therefore afraid the older boys will kill the new teacher, who is skinny and doesn't look like he can defend himself. However, the teacher gets creative and (view spoiler) to defend himself and run the bad boys off when they try to attack him.

Other: When Almanzo's parents go away from home for a week, the kids get into a little mischief, mainly eating too much sugar and not doing their chores. This isn't without consequence though because they then have to rush and do everything when it's time for their parents to come home.

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  • DeAnna Baukol
  • 14-05-2018

Farmer Boy

This book is so fun to read! It really gives a good overview of farm life 100+ years ago.

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  • Elaine H.
  • 09-05-2018

Wonderful, wholesome children’s book.

We listened to this book as a family. Our girls - 12, 9 and 8 all enjoyed it.

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  • Helen Lamartiniere
  • 30-04-2018

beautiful story

excellent for the family to read together love all these stories are wonderful for all to enjoy

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  • Diane
  • 13-04-2018

A family favorite!

Where does Farmer Boy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This might be my kids' (ages 6 and 7) favorite audiobook - they've probably listened to it more than 10 times. We have listened to Farmer Boy on road trips, and my husband and I enjoy it too.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Farmer Boy?

Cherry Jones does a great job narrating, and the fiddle music adds a great touch.

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  • claire p.
  • 23-07-2017

Almost perfect...

This is one of my all-time favourite books. I love the story, the subject, the style of writing, and the narration here almost did it justice. Just a shame that a couple of times I was distracted by what I am sure were mis-pronunciations and which had me reaching for the (American) dictionary to check ! I realise that there can be huge regional variations in accents and I thought Ms Jones voice well suited the material but there still has to be a standard pronunciation or the meaning is lost. Primer and primmer are not the same word!

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