Ralph Moody - Father and I were Ranchers
Unabridged AudioBook | 1991 | Genre: Biographical | English | ISBN-13: 978-0803281783 | MP3 128Kb | Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins | 450 MB
In 1906 eight year-old Ralph Moody moves with his family from New Hampshire to a Colorado ranch for his father’s health. Ralph’s family experiences the pleasures and perils of ranching; attending auctions and roundups, battling with neighbors over water rights, fighting tornados, and scratching a living from the wild prairie sod. Ralph meets Hi Beckman, the best ranch foreman and cowboy in all Colorado. Hi teaches Ralph all the tricks of the trade making “Little Britches” into a first-rate cowhand and rodeo rider. Ralph’s friends, Hi, Two Dog and the blue-roan cowhorse Sky High, give Little Britches all the learning and excitement a boy can dream of. He’ll need it as the adventures Ralph faces will have to equip him to take his ailing father’s place when the time comes....
Ralph Moody was eight years old in 1906, when his family moved to Colorado. When he was twenty-one, he wrote in a diary that he would work as hard as he could to save $50,000 by the time he was fifty, and then write a book. He began Little Britches on his 50th birthday! After reading of the character -building hardships his family faced in settling in Colorado, it didn't surprise me that he kept his word. He has an incredible life story; it will touch your heart as you read it. Ralph Moody's books are excellent material for U.S. history / literature classes (teachers, take note!)
On the cover of Little Britches is the recommendation that Ralph Moody's books "should be read aloud in every family circle in America." (---Sterling North)