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Farmer Boy

Little House, Book 2
Written by: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Narrated by: Cherry Jones
Series: Little House, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
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Publisher's Summary

While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the Western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the river and stored. Time for fun comes when the jolly tin peddler visits or, best of all, when the fair comes to town.

This is Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of how her husband, Almanzo, grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Laura lived.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

©1933, 1961 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2004, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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My favourite book still, after 45 years.

It's a brilliant idea to get your child to read this with you. I know it shaped my character & values far more than scripture. Without being 'preachy'.
Laura captured and presented all the best values and beliefs that we, as a society need to hold. Respect, honesty, responsibility, hard work, patience and understanding AND hope. There's a 2 hardcover set that has every single book in this epic series including the unabridged Farmer Boy. It's also a great parenting guide. This is the 1st time that I have reviewed a book if that moves you to read this gem of a book.

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Five star narrator!

Cherry Jones does an amazing job on all the Little House books. I tried reading this aloud multiple times to my boys and they hated the book. I finally downloaded it so we could listen in the car (and finish it) and they fell in love with the book (I already loved it, but I really enjoyed listening the narrator).

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Great read

Very engaging. Our family thoroughly enjoyed it and are asking for the next one in the series!

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  • knittymama
  • 2017-02-20

7 year old boy's review

This is the best book ever. I like that it is set on a farm and it all the cool stuff they did. They get to do lots of grown up stuff but also have fyun. The ending made me sad that it ends! I really like Almanzo's dad. It feels good inside to hear about him.

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 2017-11-13

wonderful way to spend a childhood.

Enjoy this book as an adult with your children by your side. There are some great scenes in this book. I especially like the story of the pig and the candy, I also liked the story about the Colt STARLIGHT. the part where the parents go away for a week and the kids are left at home to cook and clean is hilarious, almost like the kids getting into the cookie jar with all the sugar they used. The narrator is perfect and has a wonderful voice for this book and makes it sound like you are really there as Almanzo. Laura Ingalls Wilder hit a homerun with me with this book and I'm 58 so I guess I'm just a kid at heart.

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  • J. C. WOODS
  • 2017-05-01

Fun, wholesome, outstanding!

We listened to this story as a family on a road trip, and I feel like it enriched all of our lives! Our young girls enjoyed, our teenage boys enjoyed it, and their parents enjoyed it too :)

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  • Krystal
  • 2020-02-25

so well done

Love the addition of music and writing. Kids asked if we could listen to another one!

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  • JOSHUA TO
  • 2020-01-26

Kid thoughts

I really liked this book and I want to read the entire series. My favorite chapter was the last chapter.

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  • Elisabeth
  • 2020-01-22

Great work ethic!!

We’ve listened to this book numerous times! I’m sure we’ll listen to it again! The stories of a little boy that works harder than most grown men today are inspiring and motivating. My 7 yr old son loves them all.

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  • What I Thought
  • 2020-01-17

Wonderful narrator

Of course the book is a classic. This narrator brings the story to life wonderfully. She kept everybody’s attention. Ages 40, 14, 10, and 7 all at the same time.

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  • mboecking
  • 2020-01-09

A delight!

Perfect family read aloud/listen! Wonderful, captivating stories for all ages! Don't miss this precious and historical series!

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  • Matt Roberts, Purcellville, Virginia
  • 2019-12-29

Heartwarming story

My family loved hearing all of Almanzo's adventures. Cherry Jones' narration is beautiful and just right.

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  • Ja Ja
  • 2019-12-10

still as good as reading as a child.

this book has always painted a picture of what life was like when people were still people. I cannot tell you how many times I've read this book just wishing I could have been almanzo. 10 outta 10 love this story and how family struggled but together they solved it.