Farmer Boy (Little House, #3) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)

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?

Details Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)

TitleFarmer Boy (Little House, #3)
Release DateJan 1st, 2007
GenreChildrens, Classics, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)

  • Miranda Reads
    Are you hungry yet?Much of Laura's childhood was spent in near-starvation. While they always had something to eat, it was never enough for the family to be satisfied.Thus when Laura wrote about Almanzo (her future husband)'s childhood, she focused on the most idyllic parts and what she wanted for her own childhood and her child - which was a full stomach and stable home. Almanzo simply ate. He ate ham and chicken and turkey, and dressing and cra...
  • Wendy Darling
    My annual re-read, this time with Heidi! :)My favorite of the Little House books from start to finish, but especially the chapter where Ma and Pa go away for a week and the house falls into disarray as the children eat cake, slice watermelon, blacken the parlor wall, and most importantly, use up all the sugar making ice cream. Still no other author has ever captured the life of pioneers in quite this way, and the good eats will make your mouth wa...
  • Theresa
    I loved all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, in particular "Little House in the Big Woods", "Little Town on the Prairie" and "These Happy Golden Years". They are books I can read and savor over and over again. But I just need to give a shout out to my absolute favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder book, and that is "Farmer Boy"--to me, Farmer Boy is the under-appreciated middle child of the Laura Ingalls collection. People forget about it just because it ...
  • Tatiana
    SO MUCH WORK! And they all seem to enjoy it, even create MORE work for themselves instead of looking for opportunities to have some leisure time (or a nap at least). I would have never made it in those olden days. I am just too lazy.
  • David Schaafsma
    Listened to of this in January, and now, two months later, finished it today, also in the car. And pretty much loved it. This is not about Laura's family, though it’s technically listed #3 IN the Little House on the Prairie series. It functions as a kind of contrast in that it is a wealthier farm life experience in New England vs. the Midwestern farm life Laura lived, seemingly near starvation. This book is about her future' husband Almanzo Wi...
  • Cindy Rollins
    Much wailing and gnashing of teeth this morning as we finished Farmer Boy. My student could not believe it was over! Going to be hard to top this one in the coming months. Not sure how many times I have read this but I am thinking five. I believe after Little House in the Big Woods, it is the best book in the Little House series. Goodbye, Almanzo. Not sure when we will meet again.
  • Elise
    Upon finishing Little House on the Prairie the kids and I were dying to know where the Ingalls' adventures would take them next but discovered that the next in the series focuses on Almanzo Wilder, Laura's future husband. We were immediately taken in by the descriptions of late 1800's farm life in upper New York State. We were struck in particular by the richness Almanzo's family enjoyed in comparison with the Ingalls who seemed to be moving all ...
  • Philip
    Before I hand the reviewing reigns over to Eleanor, I wanted to say a couple things I took out of this book. (Hopefully she doesn't get too impatient.)There's a lot in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books written for adults as well as kids. The theme of self-reliance comes through loud and clear. The difference in child-rearing... wow. Hold on:Me: Eleanor, what does it mean to "speak when spoken to?"E: It means, "BE QUIET UNTIL YOU ARE SPOKEN TO!!!"Me:...
  • Catherine ♡
    This one and Little House on the Prairie will forever be some of my favorite childhood stories. It tells of such a realistic story, but with such a beautifully innocent touch that I think really complemented the setting and made the story unforgettable.
  • E.F.B.
    Another very cute story! This one was different from the Little House books that I've read so far because Almanzo lives on a farm near a town rather than the frontier, but it was still written in the same charming way that gave me all sorts of historical insights.The characters were enjoyable once again, as well. All unique personalities, not repeats of previous characters, and I especially enjoyed the family dynamic.Content:Swearing: On rare occ...
  • Kathryn
    I still didn't love it as well the first few books about Laura's childhood, perhaps because I know and love the Little House stories so well from my own childhood (I know my mom read me "Farmer Boy" but I don't really remember it). That said, I did quite enjoy and appreciate Almanzo's story this time and feel Laura deftly articulated his conundrums being on the cusp of boyhood and young-manhood, both his eagerness to do the more adult work on the...
  • Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
    Lovely. I don’t remember reading this one as a kid. I think I skipped it because it was about a boy. Silly young Kate. It was wonderful, because of course it was...
  • Great Book Study
    This one makes me think my kids don't do enough chores around the house!My review: Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder .And another review: Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  • Audrey
    This was book 6 in the box set I got as a kid (I only made it through five) but was published second and then ordered third with a new edition.This one was enjoyable because there were more stories than the first couple Little House books: going to school, parents leaving on vacation for a week, county fair. It follows Almanzo Wilder for a little over a year, when he’s 9, living in upstate New York on his family’s rather prosperous farm.I can...
  • Diane
    I loved these farm stories told from 9-year-old Almanzo's point of view. I don't think I read this book when I was young, but it was delightful to read it as an adult.My father grew up on a farm, and I inherited his pride in what farmers have accomplished. I liked this quote, spoken by Almanzo's father:"A farmer depends on himself, and the land and the weather. If you're a farmer, you raise what you eat, you raise what you wear, and you keep warm...
  • Rebecca
    #3 Farmer Boy - August 2011I listened to Farmer Boy for the most part, only read a chapter or two in the middle on my own. I enjoy the book so much more read by Cherry Jones rather than my own voice in my brain. She makes me feel so cozy and I'm swept back in time. I don't think I ever read Farmer Boy when I was young, only the books starring Laura. I can't believe how hard Almanzo had to work at such a young age. And he enjoyed the work! And I r...
  • Celeste
    You know, I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first two. I’m familiar with Laura’s story, and feel as if I know her well. But this was my first introduction to Almanzo, who I knew absolutely nothing about. Life through the eyes of this little farmer boy was vibrant and fascinating, and I learned something new on almost every page. Almanzo’s life is far different from Laura’s. Almanzo’s family is affluent, and runs a very larg...
  • Mimi
    Continuing my re-read of the Little House books, I was shocked to discover that my copy of this one is also sans cover, as I really didn't have a memory of much that happened. I remembered Star and Bright, and Manley's siblings, but that was about it. It makes an interesting contrast between his upbringing and Laura's much poorer and much more Puritan background.It's also a good reminder of how much hard farm work will allow you to eat :) I also ...
  • Suzanne
    Wow....they ate so much! I'm pretty sure that there was pie at every meal. Really this book centers on food - growing it, raising it, harvesting it, preparing it, and eating it. Boy do I take a lot for granted! I loved the look at a prosperous farm - from the filling the ice house to eating the pie :)
  • Kelly ...
    Its been a stressful week in my real life. It has been impossible to actually concentrate on books. So this afternoon I picked up a childhood favorite and escaped into the past. This book is sweet, funny and well-written. I enjoyed the temporary escape from reality.
  • Rita Araújo
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  • Nathan
    This is my favorite of the Little House series so far.
  • Laura
    Reread aloud to kids for the umpteenth time in 34 years. Still good.
  • Brianne
    I really enjoyed this one, especially all of the descriptions of the food!
  • Maruf Hossain
    এটা ওর খেলা। অনযের খেলায় কখনও নিজের টাকা বাজি ধরতে নেই।ভীষণ মিষটি, ভীষণ সুসবাদু--বই, অনুবাদ দুটোই। দবিতীয় পাঠেও পরথম পাঠের আবেদন একটুও মলিন হয়নি। এটা ওর খেলা। অন্যের খেলা...
  • Mary
    Almanzo Wilder will eventually become Laura Ingalls' husband. In Farmer Boy, he is 9/10 years old and works on his family farm in upstate New York. As with the prior two books in the series, this one focuses on 'a year in the life'. While still interesting and heart-warming, this installment is my least favorite so far. With the Ingalls family story, the reader always wonders what will happen next and if all will turn out well for them. For the W...
  • Lynn
    Full review at Smoke & Mirrors: Oh, my! I loved this book so much more than the first two in this series! I am a farm/country girl, and as a child I always enjoyed "boy" activities so much more than typical "girl" activities! I was right in there with poor Almanzo, though I have no siblings so therefore had no direct experience regarding getting along with brothers and sisters, I could relate to the frust...
  • Ashley Jacobson
    February 2018- Listened on Audible with the kids. Kai loved it! We had lots to talk about. Eve still doesn’t have the attention span for long readings on Audible (she’s my daughter and likes to talk 😉) but she liked parts of it and listened more than usual. May 2017- Such a great, classic story. I am sad I never experienced these books as a child and will be sure to expose my kids to them. I think I will read this one to Kai soon. There is...
  • Tamsen
    Reread January 2, 2017.It's funny, as a kid, what I remembered most about this book was Almanzo's whip. This time reading as an adult, I especially noticed the disparity of wealth between Almanzo's upbringing and Laura's. Also, I can't believe Almanzo's parents left the kids alone for a week to run the farm! I can't imagine how good of a vacation it was to go to your sibling's farm (ten miles away), where surely you were helping do all of the cho...