Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mothers always fuss about the way you eat. You can hardly eat any way that pleases them.

The rigours of family farming life are detailed in this book about Laura’s future husband’s childhood. There is so much work but so much reward. It makes me want to have a stricter routine, although that resolve falls apart every evening I’m not finished something at bedtime and every morning I’m not quite ready to get up.



Twenty years in the future, Laura Ingalls will marry Almanzo in the town of De Smet, South Dakota. But now, Almanzo is miles away, growing up with his brothers and sisters on his father’s farm in New York. Almanzo’s chores get him up at dawn and keep him working til dinner – summer and winter. But it is fun, and it builds character. And was there ever a boy who loved horses more? Was there ever a boy with a bigger appetite?