Mary Emma & company

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The protagonist, Mary Emma Moody, widowed mother of six, has taken her family east in 1912 to begin a new life. Her son, Ralph, then thirteen, recalls how the Moodys survive that first bleak winter in a Massachusetts town. Money and prospects are lacking, but not so faith and resourcefulness. "Mother" in Little Britches and Man of the Family , Mary Emma emerges fully as a character in this book, and Ralph, no longer called "Little Britches," comes into his own. The family's run-ins with authority and with broken furnaces ...

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billyhill

Aug 28, 2010

Mary Emma and others

Mary Emma & Co. is indeed a wonderful and heartwarming book that every american should read and enjoy immensly. I have discovered the Gould family has several authors, among them Mary Emmas older brother Ralph or R. E. Gould, has written four books about his life which are very enjoyable reads. If you read R.E. Goulds writing you will see where Ralph Moody comes from. Franklin F. Gould has written "A Maine Man in the Making', Franklin is a younger brother to Mary Emma. John Gould has written "The House That Jacob Built", it is the story of the building of the house in "Fields of Home" by Ralph Moody. This John Gould was also a brother of Mary Emma's, I believe. another John Gould who is the first John's son,I think, is a newspaper publisher in Maine and also an author of several books about people and places in Maine. His "Tales From Rhapsody Home" is the story of his and his wifes move into a retirement home, and is very funny and a wonderful story. one interesting sidelight to John's story is the famous author, Stephen King evidently worked on his newspaper when a young man. Then to find out more about Mary Emma, one should read" The Womans Right" the story of her mother and Tom Gould's life that dosent come out in "Fields of Home". "The Womans Right" is by Franklin Gould. Anyone who is a fan of Ralph Moody will love reading the continuation of his family story. I never wanted them to end.

adullammom

May 1, 2008

Best series ever!

These books by Ralph Moody are the best series I have ever read. As a homeschooler, I have read MANY books to my children. In my opinion, these are even better than the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Better than G. A. Henty books. Moody has a way with words that will make you laugh out loud and cry out loud, too. And it will hold the interest of both boys and girls. I think it is good reading for anyone from Kindergarten (or below, if they will sit long enough to listen) to 100! Truly classic books of love, responsibility, and survival.

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