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Monday, October 30, 2006

Harvest Time

Fall is a beautiful time of year. I was discussing with my children's literature classes this week the book, "The Oxcart Man," by Donald Hall. Sometimes adults don't see the beauty in this simplistic picture book. I have always thought that one of the most intriguing aspects of this book is that it starts at the end. The story begins with harvest time and then takes us throughout the following year so that we observe the family preparing for that important harvest time. I think this analogy is very much like helping children learn basic skills. We know what harvest time should look like (the child competently performing necessary skills) and we need to go through the process to really understand how to make harvest time occur for every child. There are no shortcuts, just a step by step acquisition of skills to prepare for the harvest.


At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved this book. The first time I read it - for our Children's Literatue class - I didn't really enjoy it. Then I read it again, well I tried to read it again but instead I just looked at the pictures. The illustrations were wonderful. It is a great book for this time of year. The pictures pulled me back into the book.

Jennie Einfeldt

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I really enjoyed this book and read it to my grandchildren who liked it as well. The day after reading the book we went through their closets and cleared all the summer things out and took stock of what we would need for winter. It was fun and the intention had nothing to do with the book, but after reading your blog I realized we in some way experienced a harvest time. Leslie Morley 2330

At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also enjoyed this book very much. Particularly the illustrations. My 21 year old son actually sat down and read it. The illustrations are captivating and it's great to recapture your youth whenever you have a chance.
Sandra Bullock
Tues night

At 4:10 AM, Blogger marcos bakerm said...

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