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Ox-Cart Man
Ox-Cart Man
Author: Donald Hall, Barbara Cooney (Illustrator)
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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780140504415
ISBN-10: 0140504419
Publication Date: 10/27/1983
Pages: 40
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Puffin Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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"Ox-Cart Man" written by Donald Hall and illustrated by Cooney is a simple story of a farmer and his family. It will remind the adult reader of stories found in the "Little House" books or something written by Robert McCloskey or Margaret Wise Brown.

It's no surprise that Cooney was given a Caldecott from the ALA for her work on this book. Her realistic renderings of early nineteenth-century life in New England are amazing. She makes sure every detail is accurate whether it's the style of clothing worn by the family or the interior of the mercantile in Portsmouth. The colors are muted throughout the book, like the homespun clothes of the ox-cart man and his family and the landscape they live in. The seasons are captured almost as if the illustrator had taken a snapshot of a New England farm at different times of the year.

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