Ox-cart Man

Paperback | October 27, 1983

byDonald HallIllustratorBarbara Cooney

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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 

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

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Winner of the Caldecott MedalThus 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 bro...

Donald Hall is an American poet, writer, editor and literary critic. He is the author of over 50 books across several genres from children's literature, biography, memoir, essays, and including 22 volumes of verse. Hall was named the fourteenth U.S. Poet Laureate in 2006 and served for one year. He is the winner of the Caldecott Medal,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 10.31 × 8.25 × 0.13 inPublished:October 27, 1983Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140504419

ISBN - 13:9780140504415

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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

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