I haven't finished Little Britches, but I have read it several times. As I think I mentioned, I'm reading it with my 9 year old son. He thinks it's hilarious. I'm sure most of the dad's lessons are not as obvious to him as they are to me, but the lessons that the boy learned are certainly making an impression. He's learning so much about hard work and determination. He's been begging me for ways to earn money. Listening to Ralph's experience with herding the cows, stacking hay, etc., has been really eye opening for him. I have always thought that this would be a great book for little boys to read. I agree that it is pretty sentimental, but I think it reflects true to how Ralph viewed his dad at that point - larger than life, a hero for the ages. And, I think this was probably the best year(s) of his life. After his Dad died, he grew up so fast and starting helping to provide for his family. I can forgive his nostalgia. ;-)
I've actually read pretty much all of Ralph Moody's books. I highly recommend the one on the Pony Express. Unlike most of his books, which are about his life, this one is a biography of the first pony express riders. It's a quick, exciting, fantastic read.
Kami, as for your post about your school....I TOTALLY agree with your father. That is seriously crazy.
My daughter is in full-time school this year for only the second time in her life. She is a freshman at a small charter school. She came home the first week just SHOCKED that most of the kids in her school have no desire to attend college. They think school is boring. They can't wait until they're done.
I really think it's because the kids have gotten pushed too hard while they're young. They've got to be so burned out by the time they get into high school. College doesn't sound fun anymore! Pretty sad, since college is WAY more fun than high school, in my opinion!