4 Stars Out Of 5
For Cowboys and Wannabees
March 30, 2012
I think that young boys will love hearing this book read to them. I'm an adult and I'm hooked on the whole series. But this book focuses on Ralph Moody's summer rounding up cattle and breaking in horses with rough and tumble cowboys. At 13 years old, he spends an entire summer away from his family, working from sunrise to sunset on a ranch. Hopefully, it was safer to send boys to live with men in the early part of the twentieth century than it is today.
Moody's books are full of lessons he learns, mostly about himself, but they're never preachy. He mentions them almost off-handedly. He has a cultural fear of God and deep respect for his mother's faith, but works with the men while the women go off to church.
These books show alot of what a boy goes through in his mind when he is striving to be a man and a good one. He is vulnerable but hard-working, feisty yet able to compromise too. I recommend it for good, family reading together.