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Ox-Cart Man Hardcover – October 8, 1979
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About the Author
Without. He lives on a farm in New Hampshire.
Barbara Cooney is one of the most well-loved authors and illustrators of children's books today. She has won many awards for her books, including the American Book Award and two Caldecott Medals for Illustration. Ms. Cooney lives in Damariscotta, Maine.
Top Customer Reviews
The book takes place in what looks to be the mid 19th century. A man that is never named lives on a farm with his wife, daughter, and son. The book begins with the family packing his cart with the various goods they have to sell. There are mittens knit by his daughter, shawls spun and woven by his wife, and birch brooms carved by his son. The book catalogues the items packed away in an oddly riveting fashion. Next, the man travels on foot to a harbor town named Portsmouth. There, he sells the items including his beloved ox. There's a shot of the man kissing his ox good-bye on the nose, which (when you consider the slime factor) is simultaneously touching and gross. He next goes out and buys an iron kettle, an embroidery needle for his daughter, a knife for his son, and two pounds of wintergreen peppermint candies. The man walks home to his family waiting for him and as the seasons pass they build up their items to sell once more. One of my favorite lines is the last one. "And geese squawked in the barnyard, dropping feathers as soft as clouds".
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Classroom Activities I do with this book:
Math - Seasons, Sequencing, Money, Trading/Selling, Time Art - Draw the seasons, quilts, weaving, looms, broom making, Science - Make candles, grow a pototo from a seed, make maple sugar,
Social Studies - 13 Colonies, Mapping Skills, Clothing, Occupations, Cooking
Reading - Write a sequel or pre-story to this book, illustrate one aspect of story or write about who he might have met along the way and which direction he came from.
I've bought so many copies of this book; I was a nanny for five years and any child who heard it fell in love with it, so of course I let each one keep it, finding a new copy each time. Then it went out of print just as I was having my first kid of my own. So I bought a used paper back copy. Then I needed yet another copy and the one that arrived that time had such peculiar, wash-out pictures, like a bad photocopy. This isn't a seller-feedback-posing-as-a-review: I'm only mentioning it because if you happen to get a copy and are underwhelmed by it, it may be that you got a bad printing. In a good printing, the colors are so rich you can practically smell the sun on the autumn leaves, the mist collecting in the hollows in the evening seem to swirl, the windows of the homes at night glow. I hadn't realized how much the pictures contribute to the whole story until I got a 'bad' copy.
Hopefully, hopefully, The Ox-Cart Man comes back into print one day. I don't think I'll ever stop needing copies of this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such a wonderful story showing history and life in early America. The author weaves together how the family works to produce things for the father to sell far away at the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by diane
I can not say enough about this book! We stumbled across a ragged copy of it one day and we fell in love with it instantly. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Holly Cookman
Ok - I have to admit - this was one of my favorites. LOVE the amish-style graphic design work. LOVE the lesson on how to EARN money honestly with hard work. Read morePublished 3 months ago by amy francis
I read this to my 6 year old today for nap, he really liked it - and at bedtime, he asked that I read it again! Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Daniels
Beautiful book- both visually and with its naturally unfolding presentation of history.Published 3 months ago by D827
Atruly beautiful book for children and adults and cased on a true story.Published 3 months ago by Alice
Love this beautiful book so much. It has been a favorite with all three children. The story is so simple and magical.Published 4 months ago by Cary