'Farmer Boy', by Laura Ingalls Wilder. You all probably know by now that I have pretty strong feelings about the 'Little House' books. I went on and on at great length about my undying love for the series HERE, and HERE, and HERE ~ and hey, also HERE!
'Little House on the Prairie' books - Julia was
a bit young for it when we read 'Little House in the Big Woods', I may have jumped the gun a bit on that one - she
enjoyed the concept of the story but wasn't clamoring to move on, so I
dropped the whole Little House issue for about a year. And I thought
we'd delve back in by spending this November with the Mother of All Great Food Books, and
jump into 'Farmer Boy', which can be read as a stand-alone story. For
those of you who haven't read the series (seriously, I don't want to
know if you haven't), 'Farmer Boy' is the childhood story of Laura
Ingalls Wilder's husband, Almanzo Wilder.
The Long Winter. Almanzo
did grow up as the son to a very successful and wealthy farmer, and
certainly had all he probably needed to eat, and more. But I'm still
amazed every time I read the book at how much food was put away. It just seems unreal.
instance, a typical breakfast consisted of oatmeal (with cream and
maple sugar), then buckwheat pancakes, and then sausages with gravy.
Also toast and jams, jellies, AND preserves. And doughnuts. AND THEN
SOME APPLE PIE.
Just ponder on that.
Julia appears to be loving the story so far. Or rather, she's just
kind of amazed at it all. She's already expressed much shock and awe over the fact
that the children were not allowed to speak at the dinner table while
the adults were talking. She can't believe that the kids went to school
in a one room school house with all the grades doing lessons at once.
She's flummoxed by the amount of chores going on. And she was really
shocked by the 40 BELOW ZERO TEMPS. She was also quite fascinated by
what happens to those bad boys who try and beat up the teacher.
(amiright??? BEST TAKEDOWN OF BULLIES EVER.)
I'm here to tell you, 'Farmer Boy' is one of the greatest stories ever in children's literature.
And on that note, I'm off to make an apple pie for my family to eat....FOR BREAKFAST.
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