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: Sophie’s Squash

The season is changing now almost as fast as a toddler's mood. Enjoy a bit of both with the adorable Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Wilsdorf. Precocious Sophie picks out a butternut squash for supper at the farmers' market, but by evening the huggable fruit has become her best friend. Resisting her parents' attempts…