I still remember my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Graff, reading The Owen Boys to us in class.
It’s the story of the Owen family, who move from their farm in Solon, Maine, to Elmwood, 50 miles away. Steve and his younger brother Thad have to drive the cows, Daisy and Bessie, on foot to Elmwood, while the rest of the family rides ahead in the buggy. Lots of adventures happen along the way, like meeting a mysterious stranger who speaks in rhyme, Steve losing his gun, Bessie getting attacked by a bobcat, and more.
The book, written by Hazel Wilson, was published in 1947 by Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, and is filled with character-building lessons and old-fashioned values that are still important for kids today. It is one of my favorite childhood books, and I was so excited to read it to Bradley as a preschooler. He loved it, and I hope we read it many times down the road!