Book 1 of the Little Eli Series.
"You are too little to go along, Eli," his sisters would say when they left for the hills to pick blackberries.
"You are too young to go this year," Dad said when Eli's sisters and big brother Sanford hurried off to the Diamond Point School.
Even Grossmommy said he must wait to do bigger things. It seemed no matter how long he waited, Little Eli could never grow big enough to do the things he wanted to do.
He was just the little errand boy—always pumping buckets of water from the well and gathering corncobs for Mom to light the stove.
Still, lots of exciting adventures await a shy little Amish boy on the wide Oklahoma prairies during the dry years from 1939 to 1942—a train trip to Iowa, entertaining some strangers during a blizzard, and watching cowboys working near his family's faded little farmhouse.
When Grossdoddy dies, leaving the Amish people without a bishop, Eli is surprised by some dreadful news. Is he big enough to face a new challenge in his life?
- Glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch Terms
- Amish Customs In This Book
- 1. Little Eli
- 2. Mulberries for Supper
- 3. Big Enough for School?
- 4. Away on a Train
- 5. A Knock in the Storm
- 6. Cowboys on the Range
- 7. A Farm with Sanford
- 8. To Ride a Horse
- 9. Runaway Lela
- 10. The Cowboy Horse
- 11. The Storm
- 12. Big Enough at Last?
- 13. A Good Farm Dog
- 14. Death Comes in the Rain
- 15. The Passing of the Winter
- 16. Good-bye, Nowata, Good-bye
- 17. The Dreadful Surprise
- 18. Grossmommy's Way
- 19. Big Enough for Now
- Note From the Author
- History of Amish Settlement at Nowata, Oklahoma
- Little Eli's Family Genealogy
- Mom's Homemade Rivel Soup (Recipe)