“Farmer Boy (Little House #3)” by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Classic
Summary from Goodreads:
Growing up on his family’s farm in New York, Almanzo Wilder wishes for just one thing–his very own horse. But Father doesn’t yet trust him with such a big responsibility. Almanzo needs to prove himself–but how?
I was pleasantly surprised at the differences in this book from the other books in the Little House series. The biggest difference is we’re following around Almanzo and boys had a much different life than girls back in these days. It was interesting learning about all the farm chores that Almanzo had to do.
Almanzo’s home life was pretty different as well. He and his family were pretty stable. From what I could tell his family had been on that farm for years and they weren’t planning on moving. That’s quite different from Laura and her family moving around.
Much like the other books, it was hard to get a real feel for Almanzo. We were told what he did but not really how he felt. We got snippets of him but not enough to fully understand him. I did like that there was a bit of a rebellious streak to him. He did what he was supposed to but he was able to still be himself. I can see why he and Laura get along. I can’t wait to see them together!
The bottom line? It was a good “same but different” change from the other Little House books.