This week’s schedule is light so I’m doing a lot of little jobs that need caught up. One is putting away the last of the Caldecott Award winning picture books. I’ve looked at The Ox-Cart Man more than once so I grabbed it.
I started looking at it and realized how similar in illustration style this book is to Roxaboxen. It’s the same illustrator, Barbara Cooney. The story wasn’t super amazing, but I like her Americana art style.
This made me wonder what else on the library shelves were her work. I found quite a few. She has had a successful career, being one of a handful of illustrators who have won the Caldecott twice.
Her other Caldecott winning title is Chanticleer and the Fox. It’s from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. I read some of those stories back in high school English. I loved her chickens and rooster in this story. The book looked different than other work by her and this may be my favorite art.
I’m a sucker for black and white drawings — and red is the perfect accent.
These books are nice books but they were so wordy. I feel like they are just too much for picture books. The concept of a boy growing up in a wonderful place and returning to it to raise his own family is great but it was a lot. Hattie was a nice story too but I just didn’t love it. It’s true: I don’t love everything I read.
The one I loved best today was The Story of Holly & Ivy.
I’m not going to tell you a lot about it, I’ll save that for December. What I will say is that it’s a long story, but it didn’t wander and confuse me. It was worth the read. I think I will read it next winter but I’m not sure which class and if I’ll need to split it between to class periods.