Monday, October 10, 2011
Do you remember this book? I think I first discovered it via Reading Rainbow as LeVar Burton read it to his audience. Ox-Cart Man (c. 1979) by Donald Hall with Caldecott award winning illustrations by our beloved Barbara Cooney recalls the days of a 19th century New England family. Take a journey back in time from the moment you open the first page:
In October he backed his ox into his cart
and he and his family filled it up
with everything they made or grew all year long
that was left over.
A beautiful depiction of early settler life throughout the seasons, Ox-Cart Man takes the ten day travel to town to trade his goods for the necessities for surviving the next year on his family farm.