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Publisher's Summary

At age 11, Ralph becomes man of the family and an entrepreneur. He continues his horse riding and cattle driving, and the Moody's start a cooking business.
©1951 Ralph Moody (P)2001 Books in Motion

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"[Moody] has a splendid talent for bringing the ashes of the past into life." ( Chicago Sunday Tribune)"An affectionate portrait of ranch-town folk who knew how to help without humiliating, and a warm but ungushing tribute to a remarkable woman who deplored her inability to give her children everything, yet gave them much." ( New York Times)

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Delightful classic for all ages!

A wonderful account of a little man's extraordinary life, raised with old fashioned integrity, encouraging us to slow down in a fast paced world.

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  • Sam
  • 29-11-2011

Quality family time

Our entire family has enjoyed listening to this series. The narrator, Cameron Beirerle, does a superb job of bringing the characters to life. I honestly can't imagine reading the books after having listened to them first. We have been sad at the end of each book that it must come to an end and we don't yet have the next book ready to listen to.

Not only is the audio format excellent, but the true credit goes to Ralph Moody for authoring such a well written and exciting story of his life. There has been so much opportunity for rich discussion with our children thanks to the Little Britches series.

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  • April
  • 29-03-2011

Little Britches Series Book #1

I finished this book in 2 days. It was wonderful! Full of old fashion values and what it actually took to get through harder times. I loved this book so much I am now reading the book.

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  • Ray Massey
  • 19-07-2012

Great Life Lessons

What made the experience of listening to Man of the Family the most enjoyable?

I like all Ralph Moody books I have read. This one I decided to listen to as well. I was not disappointed. The story came through with the same strength and heart.

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  • suzi
  • 30-10-2010

Little Britches

These books are worth checking out. You will see why they have captured so many hearts! They are worth your time becasue they are touching, funny, and sweet in all the right places!

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  • A. James
  • 04-01-2017

Great classic for the family

A lovely book of character, family and community building. Well read and easy to listen to.

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  • Kathy
  • 11-12-2012

I must "read" all of the series!

Would you listen to Man of the Family again? Why?

I watch movies once; and I read books once. For me, there's too much to do to go back.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Man of the Family?

I have truly enjoyed learning of all the creative ways Ralph earned money to help out the family.

Which character – as performed by Cameron Beierle – was your favorite?

Of course, Ralph is my favorite character. I find it interesting how he talks most about the sister that is closest to his age. And I enjoy him talking about her, too.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and got teary eyed, too.

Any additional comments?

I find this series of books as ones I want to "read" to acquaint myself more with how life was before I was born.

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  • Megan Martin
  • 26-03-2021

Excellent!!!

I laughed out loud & found myself crying too! i miss the good ol days!!!

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  • AK
  • 04-02-2021

A “whole family” story

Our family listened first to the first book, Little Britches and we decided to give this one a try as well. The entire family, even the teenagers enjoyed it thoroughly! The narrator is EXCELLENT. Hard to listen to anything less enjoyable after this.

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  • Sarah Hahn
  • 19-01-2021

Amazing

It was awesome I really enjoyed it I’m really looking forward to listen to the whole branch because this book was really awesome I didn’t like it as much as father and I were ranchers but it was very good

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  • NKChia
  • 22-12-2020

Best Book on the Planet

Resourcefulness, hard work, thriftiness, loyalty, all the most commendable character qualities a person should have are learned by 12 year old Ralph in the year after his father's death, as he steps up to be the new man of his family.

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