Ox-cart Man

Ox-cart Man

Book - 1979
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Penguin Putnam
Winner of the Caldecott Medal

Thus begins a lyrical journey through the days and weeks, the months, and the changing seasons in the life of one New Englander and his family. The oxcart man packs his goods - the wool from his sheep, the shawl his wife made, the mittens his daughter knitted, and the linen they wove. He packs the birch brooms his son carved, and even a bag of goose feathers from the barnyard geese.

He travels over hills, through valleys, by streams, past farms and villages. At Portsmouth Market he sells his goods, one by one - even his beloved ox. Then, with his pockets full of coins, he wanders through the market, buying provisions for his family, and returns to his home. And the cycle begins again.

"Like a pastoral symphony translated into picture book format, the stunning combination of text and illustrations recreates the mood of 19-century rural New England."—The Horn Book 

Baker & Taylor
This lyrical journey through the changing seasons and passing years in the life of one New Englander and his family captures both the peace and the bustling energy of nineteenth-century America

& Taylor

Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family.

Publisher: New York : Viking Press, 1979
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780670533282
Branch Call Number: j AWARD Picture Book Hal
Characteristics: [40] p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Cooney, Barbara 1917-2000


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Dec 27, 2016

I really liked the subject matter of this book. However, it had an awkward style for reading aloud. At the beginning, the sentences were very short. The sentences increased in length going through the book. The last eleven pages of text were all one sentence. That was not best practice, or a good model for literature, in my opinion. I am glad we read it, but it didn't make it to our favorites list.

Dec 06, 2013

Simple and perfect. This children's book about family, seasons, good work, taking joy in the everyday, and self-reliance is close to my heart.

Aug 12, 2013

Historical. Family. Hard work. Farm life. Enjoyment.


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