I just finished reading Farmer Boy aloud to my children yesterday afternoon. It was my sixth or seventh time to do so, although my youngest children were hearing it for the first time. Probably because I am mother to so many boys, this is my favorite of all the Little House books. It describes the childhood of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s husband Almanzo, and is chock full of endearing stories, memorable lessons, hard work, simple pleasures, and lots of mouth-watering descriptions of hot, home-cooked meals. Reading it always puts me in the mood to bake pies and clean house and sew clothes and dig potatos and a hundred other things. What’s even better, listening to it puts my children in the mood to help!