Little Britches Series


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


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Little Britches 8 Book set

Little Britches 8 Book set

All eight books in the Little Britches series. Combined value is $111.60. You can save $11.60 by buying all eight books together.
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Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers

Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers

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...
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Man of the Family

Man of the Family

Fortified with Yankee ingenuity and western can-do energy, the Moody family, transplanted from New England, builds a new life on a Colorado ranch...
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The Home Ranch

The Home Ranch

Little Britches becomes the "man" in his family after his father's early death, taking on the concomitant responsibilities as well as opportunities....
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The Fields of Home

The Fields of Home

The fatherless Moody family moved from Colorado to Medford, Massachusetts, in 1912, when Ralph was entering his teens. "I tried as hard as I could to...
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Mary Emma and Company

Mary Emma and Company

The protagonist, Mary Emma Moody, widowed mother of six, has taken her family east in 1912 to begin a new life. Her son, Ralph, then thirteen,...
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Shaking the Nickel Bush

Shaking the Nickel Bush

Skinny and suffering from diabetes, Ralph Moody is ordered by a Boston doctor to seek a more healthful climate. Going west again is a delightful...
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The Dry Divide

The Dry Divide

Ralph Moody, just turned twenty, had only a dime in his pocket when he was put off a freight in western Nebraska. It was the Fourth of July in 1919....
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Horse of a Different Color

Horse of a Different Color

Horse of a Different Color ends the "roving days" of young Ralph Moody. His saga began on a Colorado ranch in Little Britches and continued at points...
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