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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.
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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".
Those people who follow poetry will recognize the name Donald Hall and appreciate the simplicity of his writing in this book.Read more ›
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.
He comes home bearing new items, along with some surprises to give to his family so they can begin preparing for another year, and yet another harvesting of goods to sell and trade.
Gorgeous color illustrations provide a glimpse into the more simple setting of a slower paced life, as well as a sense of the pioneer family, and the rewards of working a farm together.
My favorite part is when the man kisses his oxen on the nose. A[...] So sweet. But sad too, as he is saying goodbye after having sold/traded him.
He does return home to see hIs young ox in its barn pen, and in this way, the cycle begins again...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 5 days ago by J. Daniels
Beautiful book- both visually and with its naturally unfolding presentation of history.Published 11 days ago by D827
Atruly beautiful book for children and adults and cased on a true story.Published 11 days 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 22 days ago by Cary
A good basic book on early American New Hampshire life? The clipper ship masts may hint at mid 1800's? No gas lights are any typre of night light may indicate earlier times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Persop
I love this book and how my kids learn about self reliance. They are really interested in how the family in this book uses all they have and makes items to sell. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Meg