Review: Ox-Cart Man

"In October he backed his ox into his cart and he and his family filled it up with everything they made or grew all year long that was left over." With these words begins the classic Ox-Cart Man, written by Donald Hall and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. This Caldecott Medal winner is a treasure of spare American…

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Review: Brother Sun, Sister Moon

With the autumn equinox just behind us, the harvest moon above us, and the commemoration of Saint Francis before us, this seems like a good moment to pause and give thanks with our children. The gorgeous Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Katherine Paterson and Pamela Dalton will fill that pause well. The text of this book is…

Review: The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

A character in a story often doesn't realize what treasure he possesses until he has lost it. The same can be true of a society; but thankfully our treasure has been recovered in The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. A number of newly-pertinent words were added to the 2007 edition of the Oxford Junior…