Most of the musical influences in the Little House books are from Laura and her family, where music played a very large role, especially with Pa playing the fiddle for the family in the evenings. So Farmer Boy, as it is the story of Almanzo’s childhood as a young boy in Malone, New York didn’t have nearly as much music incorporated into its stories like the other Little House books in the series.
The band stopped playing, and the minister prayed. Then the band tuned up again and everybody rose. Men and boys took off their hats. The band played, and everybody sang.
“Oh, say, can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?”
From the top of the flagpole, up against the blue sky, the Stars and Stripes were fluttering. Everybody looked at the American flag, and Almanzo sang with all his might.
- Chapter 16 Independence Day, Farmer Boy
The only two songs in Farmer Boy were the two patriotic songs that were celebrated on Independence Day, and found here.
Songs from Farmer Boy
- Hardcover Book
- Eugenia Garson, (Editor and Compiler) (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 160 Pages - 02/28/1992 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins Childrens Books (Publisher)