I recently borrowed Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall from the library to read it with my kids, since the front cover displayed a “Caldecott Medal” (it’s usually a good sign):
Tonight my five year old finally asked me to read this book, which tells the story of a man and his family living in 19th century New England. At the beginning the man packs up his ox-cart to sell everything he and his family have made during the year at the market, including the cart and the ox. Here he is, kissing the cow goodbye. Quite a touching moment.
I really enjoyed this story and my son did too. It tells of the everchanging seasons and how life and nature happen to cycle. It also shows what farm life used to be like not so long ago, and how farmers produced goods to sell them on the market and make money to buy other things (like peppermint candies!). If you have kids four and up at home, I recommend you read this book to them.