If you’ve ever wanted to live on acres of land where you had a lovely house and grew most of your own food, this book is for you! Although Farmer Boy is usually listed as part of the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, it is a stand alone book following the childhood of Laura’s future husband, Almanzo Wilder.
Almanzo Wilder’s family lives on a farm near Malone, New York. Father is a respected and prosperous farmer and Mother cares for the family and keeps an excellent house. Almanzo, at age nine, is finally old enough to attend the one-room school house with his 3 older siblings, but quickly finds that school isn’t quite what he expected and he misses being at home. He longs to be like his father, tending and training the animals, filling the ice house for summer, planting and harvesting crops, building and repairing things around the farm. His parents understand his wishes, but know he needs formal schooling too. Almanzo stays in school, but is more than happy to miss when it’s necessary to help around the farm — and in the 1860’s that happened quite a lot.
Farmer Boy is a beautiful peek into a bygone era when parents taught their children morals through both word and deed, and children worked nearly as hard as their parents to keep a roof over the family’s head.
This is one of my all-time favorite read aloud books — we read it multiple times! Let me know if it’s one of your favorites too!
Middle Grade reading level, 344 pages, Books for Boys, Published in 1933.