Annotations for Ox Cart Man


Baker & Taylor
Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family.

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Baker & Taylor
This lyrical journey through the changing seasons and passing years in the life of one New Englander and his family captures both the peace and the bustling energy of nineteenth-century America

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Penguin Putnam
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

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