Ox-cart Man

Hardcover | October 8, 1979

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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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. 1980 Caldecott Medal Book

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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 was born in Hamden, Conn. in 1928. Hall was educated at Phillips Exeter and Harvard University, and is the author of 11 books of poetry including The One Day, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Museum of Clear Ideas, which was once nominated for a National Book Award. Some of Hall's other honors for h...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:October 8, 1979Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0670533289

ISBN - 13:9780670533282

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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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. 1980 Caldecott Medal Book

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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