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Penguin: Young Readers Group Spring 2019

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Ox-Cart Man 40th Anniversary
By (author): Donald Hall Illustrated by: Barbara Cooney
9780451481276 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) to K JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / Farm & Ranch Life Jan 02, 2080
$24.99 CAD
Cancelled 10.38 x 8.25 in | 1.25 lb 32 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS Viking Children's Books Viking Books for Young Readers
A Caldecott winner and contemporary classic celebrates a 40th anniversary

In 1979, Donald Hall and Barbara Cooney's Ox-Cart Man was published to universal acclaim, going on to win the coveted Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of that year. Hall's gentle, lyrical text is a journey through the days, weeks, and months of a year on a New England farm as a farmer prepares to take his goods to market and buy provisions for the coming year. Barbara Cooney's illustrations, done in a style that resembles the early American technique of painting on wood, glow with color and a sense of peace.

In Ox-Cart Man both Hall and Cooney celebrate American values of simplicity and hard work. Their message is more important than ever today, and a 40th anniversary is a perfect moment to celebrate this important and beautiful book.
A foreword by distinguished children's book critic Anita Silvey analyses Ox-Cart Man's enduring relevance.

Donald Hall (1929-2018) is considered one of the major American poets of his generation. In 2006, he was named the fourteenth United States Poet Laureate. He has been awarded two Guggenheim fellowships, and in 2011 he received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony.
Hall spent his childhood summers with his grandparents on a farm in New Hampshire; decades later he bought the farm and settled there. In his poetry, he often explores the longing for a more bucolic past and a reverence for nature.

Barbara Cooney (1917-2000) was the acclaimed illustrator of over one-hundred books. She won the Caldecott Medal twice, for Chanticleer and the Fox and for Ox-Cart Man. She loved both travel and research, and often combined the two in preparation for her books. She stated that her goal was to bring the past alive for children in glowing color as it really was, rather than in the sepia-toned photos that they usually saw. Her residence, when she passed away, was in Damariscotta, ME.

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