Buck is Curious...
Written by Donald Hull and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. (We love everything Barbara Cooney!)
This book started out as a poem, published in 1977. The original poem:
In October of the year,
My boys and I just eat this stuff up!
Mr Hull reworked the poem into a book, in 1979. A bit cynical, this year-cycle account of a New England farming family in the early 1800s is gentle and beautifully illustrated. It tells of simpler living from a simpler time and that simple can be good.
I especially love reading of the goods that the ox-man packs on his cart to sell at market- a shawl his wife made, birch brooms his son carved, linen they wove, goose feathers and so on. This book had my boys asking lots of questions about the 'olden days' and methods of doing things. Many of their questions had us on google looking for the answers and learning together.
Ox-Cart Man won the Caldecott Medal in 1980.