Title: Ox-Cart Manox-cart man
Author: Donald Hall
Illustrator: Barbara Cooney
Pages: 40
Recommended Ages: Read Aloud
Star Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve heard people rave about this book. Seriously – rave. So, I came into the book knowing what to expect. I will not be raving about it, but I did like it exceedingly. Here’s why.

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, birch brooms, and linen and packed it all into a cart drawn by an ox driven by the ox-cart man.

The ox-cart man arrives at the city, sells his wares, and returns home with new tools that can be used to produce even more items which can then be packed up into an ox-drawn cart, taken into market, traded in for new tools…

You get the idea.

The colors are strong, but very mature. They aren’t lots of bright popping primary colors – instead they’re bold rusts and turquoises and burnt oranges and olive greens. They’re really beautiful.

Conclusion. A good read aloud (and a Caldecott Medal winner to boot).

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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