Ox-Cart Man

The ox-cart man, his wife, his daughter, and his son worked all year to gather, grow, and make goods to sell at the market. The man used the money he made to purchase things they needed.

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Consumers, Producers, Goods & Services, Market, Human Resources, Capital Resources, Natural Resources.

Comprehension Questions

How did the family earn money?

They all grew vegetables, raised animals, and made goods to sell at the market.

What good did the wife produce?

A shawl.

List the steps in the production of the mittens he sold.

The man sheared the sheep, the wool was spun on a spinning wheel into yarn, and the daughter knit the mittens from the yarn.

Where did the man become a consumer?

The Portsmouth Market

What did he buy? Did he buy goods or services?

Iron kettle, embroidery needle, Barlow knife, and peppermint candies - all goods.

How did he satisfy the economic wants of his family?

He bought an iron kettle to help with the cooking of their food. He bought an embroidery needle for his daughter to work on her fabrics. He bought a Barlow knife for his son to carve broomsticks without having to borrow a knife. He bought peppermint candies for the whole family to enjoy!

Will the man be able to be a consumer again?

Yes, because he went home with coins left in his pocket.

Author: Donald Hall

Illustrator: Barbara A. Cooney

Published: 1979

Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5

Lexile Measure: AD1130L

Publisher: Viking