Sunday, October 3, 2010

Loved Little Britches

What a good book. I sure like selecting my reading from a list of tried and true titles. Little Britches made me love the characters as much as it made me want to be a better parent and person. As I read, I kept thinking about the reasons for reading classics I learned in A Thomas Jefferson Education: "Classics allow us to experience, in an intimate way, the greatest mistakes and successful choices of human history." (page 62) And "As we study the characters, real or fictional, in the classics, we are inspired by greatness, which is the first step to becoming great ourselves." (page 63)

Ralph "Little Britches" Moody, and his father, Charlie, are real characters who inspire greatness. Charlie is already great, and Little Britches wants to be, like his dad. So then, I, the reader, also want to be. I want to be like that dad! Like that mom! I want to live my convictions like they did. (I also wouldn't mind memorizing great writing like she did.) And I want everyone to know that Little Britches was a good book.

The last chapter almost had me sobbing. And now I need to let the whole story "soak in" and take its place in my memory before I start the next book: Laddie.

3 comments:

Maryann said...

The second book in the series is "Man of the Family" and it is equally as good as the first. I read reviews of the other books and I think I will be skipping the next book and going on to the 4th book, the review said it is basically a review of book 2 and I want to know what comes next. I am sure that in time I will read everyone of the books. I really believe these are wonderful books and worthy to be shared and I am grateful that you found them and mentioned them to your loyal readers. Maryann

Teri said...

Thanks, Maryann - you make me smile! I'm thrilled you found the books and love them. I sure did like Little Britches. I'm sure the subsequent books will make their way to my shelf eventually... they've gotta be good, too!

littlecbsmom said...

I haven't been back to it in 2 days and it is driving me crazy! I too am loving it! I can't wait for us to read it together too, but it is fun to read it first! Laddie is the one that hasn't come in yet for me...but now I kind of want to keep up with you!