"Reading this book is like sipping hot cider in front of a crackling potbellied stove. Every page is suffused with wit and charm and glowing with warmth." (Newsweek)
"A lovely book. . . . Honest, moving, homely in the warm and simple sense of the word. . . . It is small, accepting and loving and it succeeds perfectly." (Boston Globe)
"You'll find yourself caught up in the novel's emotion from the very opening scene. . . . Love suffuses every page." (The New York Times)
©2010 Robert Newton Peck; (P)2010 Listening Library
Yes - there are a lot of themes addressed that can not be understood in one reading
I liked the reality of the situations that the boy had to face and the strong manner in which he did so.
This book is written in an easy manner that a child can follow, but the subject matter, while written about a young boy on a farm, is deep. The main character, Robert, takes the reader on a journey to manhood through his experiences on his farm. There are times when he shows more strength and understanding than the grown men around him. He learns of the realities of life and death, the joys the small things in life, the love of family, the strength to do what is necessary for the greater good, and many more interesting and sometimes difficult to listen to experiences. Life on a farm does show in beautiful, and sometimes brutal ways the realities of life. I suppose that is why some of the hardest workers I have ever met were raised on a farm, milking a cow every morning and night. In some ways this book reminds me of "All Creatures Great And Small" only not humorous and focusing more on the meaning of life.
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