Ox-Cart Man

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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 a 1979 book written by Donald Hall and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. It won the 1980 Caldecott Medal.[1] The book tells of the life and work of an early 19th-century farming family in New Hampshire. The father uses an ox-cart to take their goods to market in Portsmouth, where they make the money to buy the things they need for the next year. Even the ox and cart are sold.

Hall originally published "Ox-Cart Man" as a poem in the October 3, 1977 issue of The New Yorker. Hall revised the poem greatly to create the children's book and chose Barbara Cooney for its illustrations. Cooney had already illustrated another Caldecott Medal-winning book, Chanticleer and the Fox.[2] Both the earlier version of the poem and the book are cyclical in narrative and theme.

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


  1. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
  2. ^ Drafts of Donald Hall's "Ox Cart Man" Archived 2006-10-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Reading Rainbow Episodes
Preceded by
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by