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262 pages Ages 9+ Hardcover ISBN 9781930900967 5.5 x 8.375 x 1.25 in

Little Britches:
Father and I were Ranchers

by Ralph Moody
illustrated by Edward Shenton

Ralph was eight years old in 1906 when his family moved from New Hampshire to a Colorado ranch. Through his eyes, the pleasures and perils of ranching in the early twentieth century are experienced… auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes and wind storms all give authentic color to Little Britches. So do wonderfully told adventures, which equip Ralph for the path his life will take.

Our edition includes a two-page letter at the end, which Ralph wrote in 1952 while he was promoting Man of the Family. He titled it Our Own Two Hands; it conveys his views on family, hard work and how he came to write Little Britches. Download free, high resolution Little Britches coloring sheets!

Hardcover with dust jacket and pictorial endpapers by Algot Stenbery. Interior illustrations by Edward Shenton. This is a facsimile of a 1951 hardcover edition.


“Purple House Press has done a reprint in 2017 of Little Britches in hardcover. It has all the elements to a great story and teaches  many character qualities. The book choice is excellent, the printing well done, the pages thick and stiff, and the binding tight. We’ll treasure this one for years to come. ” —The Old Schoolhouse

“Ralph Moody’s books should be read aloud in every family circle in America.” — Sterling North

“…a story of hard luck, of stubborn pride and of altruistic community endeavor.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Enthusiastically recommended for young and old.”
Library Journal

“You will search long…to find a more disarming and refreshing account of family life than Ralph Moody has set down in Little Britches.” —Chicago Sunday Tribune