By strict dates, this series belongs in the 20th century rather than the 19th, but the story is at its core about the American West in that magical time period between the Civil War and The Great War (WW I).
The series has been described as "Little House" for boys, and it is an American classic.
Ralph Moody was eight years old in 1906 when his family moved from New Hampshire to a Colorado ranch. Through his eyes we experience the pleasures and perils of ranching there early in the twentieth century. Auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes and wind storms give authentic color to Little Britches. So do adventures, wonderfully told, that equip Ralph to take his father's place when it becomes necessary.
Little Britches was the literary debut of Ralph Moody. It was published in 1950 and has been continuously in print ever since. Ralph Moody went on the write about the adventures of his family in eight glorious books, all available from Bison Books (which is an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press).
"Ralph Moody’s books should be read aloud in every family circle in America" —Sterling North
"[Moody] has a splendid talent for bringing the ashes of the past into life." —Chicago Sunday Tribune
"You will search long . . . To find a more disarming and refreshing account of family life than Ralph Moody has set down in Little Britches." —Chicago Sunday Tribune
"This is a gallant book—from the first sentence until the last. It is a true story, written in the first person, written without sentimentality but with extraordinary drama." —Christian Science Monitor
"Enthusiastically recommended for young and old." —Library Journal
"A most appealing book . . . Its genuineness and its simplicity will build up a large audience of enthusiastic readers." —San Francisco Chronicle
"The story of the Moody family is told without embellishment in a simple, straight-forward style. It is especially suited for reading aloud as a family. The difficulties Ralph faces, the mishaps and consequences, will provoke quality discussions with middle schoolers and older students, although children as young as third grade will enjoy and benefit from the story." —Homeschooling Today