The Ox-Cart Man
The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall. Illustrated by Barbara Cooney.
The Ox-Cart Man. What I love about this story is the historical review of what families had to do in order to live back not too many generations ago: plant what you eat, wear, and feed your livestock. And then you build, preserve, raise, weave, sew, carve. And then you can share or sell your surplus. I also think it is critical for children to have a sense of the foundation that those forerunners built for us that led to the convenience and ease of our modern lives. I also love the illustration style that seems so appropriate to the time-period of the story.