Have just a few moments this morning, but I was reminded this week about another book that fits the fall theme so very well, and wanted to share it with you as these fall days grow shorter and colder! After rooting through several bookshelves full of children's books, I found it, and placed it in it's proper home- our fall book basket.
by Donald Hall
illustrated by Barbara Cooney
A story of the hard (and rewarding!) work of preparing, the colors alone of Ox-Cart Man evoke the warmth of autumn hearth and winter fires.
A family knits and whittles, plants and harvests, all the way through every season, in preparation for Father's long trip to town to sell. What he purchases with a tiny portion of the money directly contributes to their work for the next trip to town, and the beautiful cycle continues. Self-sustenance, gratitude, being careful of waste, and wise use of time are just some of the wonderful lessons to be learned in this book.
Of course, we love Barbara Cooney's work, and this book has the same excellent quality that invites close examination before we turn each page... I love to see little heads lean closer as they sense my fingers on the corner of the page, and they look and look and exclaim and point...