Ralph Moody’s books
Have you ever read Ralph Moody’s series of books he wrote of his life while growing up? I love reading everyday events in peoples lives; how they came out of their dilemmas and moved on. Here’s a short review of each book in it’s timeline. The book’s time frame starts in 1910 when Ralph is 10 and goes through till he’s 23 yrs old, so that would be 1910-1923.
Little Britches-– I didn’t read this one, but wished I had started the series with this one, the first one of his younger years. It’s the first of the series and it tells how his Dad died.
Man of the Family-– This is the first one I read that got me aquatinted with (“Little Britches”) and his family. I loved this book! Littleton Colorado… isn’t that where the two high school nuts went in and shot up the students? In the book the year is 1910 (or around there) and it’s a pretty good town. Wished I could have read Little Britches first, but at least Ralph is still young, 11 yrs. old I think. What a surprise ending the book had.
The Home Ranch-– I started it, but sent it back to the library… I guess I was antsy the day I started reading it and didn’t want to wade through the first few cow hand stories. It’s the next one in chronological order of his summer away from home.
Fields of Home-– I enjoyed this one about his grandfathers farm and how hard his grandfather was to get along with. Ralph is 15 now. The last 1/4 of the book is worth waiting for. Here’s an interesting link to a family who found out something after reading the book. http://harrisonfarm.com/?p=797 The comments are even more interesting;don’t skip them!
Ralph is a hard worker and has the patience for his grandfather, with the help of Levi who is grandpa’s brother. It’s a happy ending because Grandpa is honored, Ralph does right and everyone prospers. It’d be good to read Mary Emma & Co. next, but I didn’t have the book.
Mary Emma & CO-– Same time period as The Fields of Home but I haven’t read it yet, don’t think our library has it. I’ll have to check again. I’m interested in this one because I enjoyed his mother and his sister Grace. It’s all about them after Man of the family, and it takes place time wise the same as The Fields of Home.
Shaking the Nickel Bush-– Ralph is 20 yrs old now. This was a good book- and it’s all true. Ralph was a smart young man in this book. He tries to find work after being in the service and this book is how he does it with so many interesting side stories of the people he meets. It’s neat to read about all the different personalities he comes across, especially a friend he picks up along the way who loves his automobile.
The Dry Divide-– The main thing that stands out in this book is his good character. Ralph is a born leader. It’s good to read of men who had good character and that’s the beauty of this book. What he did for Mrs. Hudson and her children was so beneficial to her and unselfish of himself. Good men are worth reading about. There’s always a good ending and this one isn’t made up, it’s true!
Did you ever see the episode in The Andy Griffith Show where the medicine man comes to town bringing his “cure all remedy” that is mostly all alcohol? That man in the episode reminds me of the character “Doc” in this book!
Horses of a Different Color-– This is the last book in the series about his life and as he grow up. Ralph (Bud) turns 21 yrs. old and is quite a cattle/ business man. The townspeople in the book- you feel as though you’ve met each one as you read about them. Everything he does prospers because he works hard and makes wise decisions and having an older wiser cattleman friend helps too. Every town he lives in is all the better for his length of stay there. He gets married at the end, even though it’s not a big part of the book, yet you are glad for him that at 23yrs old he’ll start a family.