Ox-Cart Man

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Ox-Cart Man
Ox-Cart Man
Author Donald Hall
Illustrator Barbara Cooney
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
ISBN 978-0-670-53328-2
OCLC 4883766
[E] 19
LC Class PZ7.H14115 Ox

Ox-Cart Man is the title of a 1979 book written by Donald Hall and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. It won the 1980 Caldecott Medal.[1] The book deals with an 18th-century farming family that uses an ox-cart to take their goods to market, where they make the money to buy the things they need.

"Ox-Cart Man" was originally published in an October 3, 1977 edition of The New Yorker as a Donald Hall poem. Hall revised the poem greatly to create the children's book and chose Barbara Cooney for its illustrations (Cooney was the illustrator of another Caldecott Medal-winning book, Chanticleer and the Fox.)[2] The poem and book are cyclical.

This book was featured on a Season 2 episode of Reading Rainbow.[3][4]


Preceded by
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by