The Ox-Cart Man. K.

INFO: Hall, Donald. The Ox-Cart Man. K. 1979.

DESC: This gorgeous, fable-like book by noted American poet Donald Hall is deceptively simple – it’s got a repetitive word-structure and cyclic plot familiar to many early levelled books, but it’s also chock-full of early American vocabulary (c. 1800) and homesteading concepts that will likely be new and very challenging to early readers. Ideal as a read-aloud or exploration piece – not as a benchmarking tool or measure of independent reading. Still well-worth the effort – this portrait of early American life and the simplicity, thriftiness and sustainability of the Ox-Cart Man’s family is a classic for a reason! Seems more like an N or an O.

DESC: This book details a year in the life of the Ox-Cart Man. He starts by planting and growing things, then selling his goods at the market and then coming back to his farm to start the process all over again.

TAGS: homesteading, farm life, history, early america, market, autumn, harvest, poetry, donald hall, k, finland, richard avenue, journey, finland k, richard avenue k

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery. P.

INFO: Howe, Deborah and James. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery. P. 1979.

DESC: Bunnicula is a classic animal horror-mystery, but the best part isn’t the vampiric rabbit: it’s the incredible personalities of Harold and Chester, dog and cat, and the book’s main narrator & character. This book makes an awesome transition for strong readers into more complex elements of fiction – it contains multiple and sometimes conflicting points of view, evidence to be interpreted, “red herrings,” and even a frame-story, ‘editor’s letter,’ and prologue. Students love it!

TAGS: mystery, vampires, dracula, animals, rabbits, bunnies, dogs, cats, detective stories, family, adventure, spooky, scary, chapter, fiction, funny, P