October 8, 1979
Penguin Young Readers Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0670533289
ISBN - 13: 9780670533282
From the Publisher
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
About the Author
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 his work include the Caldecott Medal, Frost Medal, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Hall's 13th book of poems, entitled Without, was written in memory of his wife, the poet Jane Kenyon, who died in 1995 after a long battle with leukemia. Also the author of numerous essay collections, children's books, and textbooks, Hall was Poet Laureate of New Hampshire from 1984 to 1989 Barbara Cooney and her twin brother were born on 6 August 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, in the Bossert Hotel. She grew up on Long Island, but spent her summers as a child in Maine. Cooney attended a boarding school as a child. Cooney graduated from Smith College in 1938 and studied lithography and etching at Art Students League in New York. Just one year after graduation, she had her first commission, the illustrations for Ake and His World by Bertil Malmberg. Recalling an earlier trip to Germany before the war and the horrors that she had seen there, she felt compelled to join the Women¿s Army Corps during the summer of 1942. She enrolled in officer training and achieved the rank of second lieutenant, but was honorably discharged the following sprin
From Our Editors
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