If you haven't read Little Britches, you are missing out. It is a great story about a family weathering hard times together. The family works together and they all work hard. The parents tried to teach their children right from wrong mostly by example, but they would use well-placed words on occasion as well.
This is a passage that really touched me:
"Any man who says the world owes him a living is dishonest. The same God that made you and me made this earth. And He planned it so that it would yield every single thing that the people on it need. But He was careful to plan it so that it would only yield up its wealth in exchange for the labor of man. Any man who tries to share in that wealth without contributing the work of his brain or his hands is dishonest."
There are several books in this series by Ralph Moody, but they all start with Little Britches. This book is a great read for everyone. Families can also enjoy it together as a read aloud.