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
This book was selected as one of the books for the January 2016- Quarterly Caldecott discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
It begins in October when an unnamed farmer packs a cart with all the products and produce his family has made and grown. He arrives in Portsmouth and sells the candles, maple sugar, cabbages, etc. When I read aloud to my ...more
In the first scene, the Ox-Cart Man loads his cart with goods to drive into town: wool, knitted goods, woven flax, hand-whittled brooms, shingles, and so on. As he loads the cart, the narrator embeds brief descriptions of how the family worked to create them. On selling the goods, the man buys supplies ...more
Ox-Cart Man is the story of a farmer and his family. All year long the farmer and his family have been busy turning the resources on their farm into things to sell – the father and son sheared the sheep for wool which the mother spun into yarn which the daughter knit into pairs of mittens; they made candles, shingles, ...more
This was a fun story about how people used to work the land they lived on and sold the excess to buy things they couldn't make themselves. My daughter (6) was having a hard time understanding why the man sold everything (especially the ox), and we had to have a talk about how the farmers didn't have a Target to run to whenever they n ...more
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Awards: Caldecott Medal
This story was about a man who made a living off of his, and his family's, items. Every year, in October, he set out to sell all his merchandise like clothes, produce, an ox, ox items, and an ox cart. The story gives a timeline of the process the family goes through to make sure everything is ready to sell so they can earn some spare change.
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An interesting look at colonial life, including goods and a basic hard-working lifestyle. The cool part to me was how the family works together and even the kids have skills and talents that they can use to help their family.
No content issues, though the animal lover may be a bit sad when he sells the ox (and kisses it on the nose...more
This is a very high quality children's picture book because the image ...more
Ox-Cart Man was a book recommended to me by the branch manager at the library where I work. He told me that it was a simple story and that he cries every time he reads it. I had to check it out.
Ox-Cart Man follows a man in early nineteenth-century New England as he packs up everything his family has grown and made in the past year to sell in the market. All of his family’s goods are packed into the main character’s cart and ta ...more
Donald Hall has published numerous books of poetry, most recently White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1 ...more