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Strawberry Girl (Trophy Newbery)

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ISBN13: 9780064405850
ISBN10: 0064405850
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Birdie Boyer was a Florida Cracker. She belonged to a large "strawberry family," who lived on a flatwoods farm in the lake section of the state. They raised strawberries for a living.

Through all the hazards of the uncertain crop — battling against dry weather and grass fires, the roving hogs and cattle of their neighbors — Birdie dreamed of an education that would include playing the organ. In the end she won not only the title of "strawberry girl," but book learning as well.

This is a story full of enterprise and fun and tire excitement of real life in this interesting part of America.

Lois Lenski has used again her gift for catching the flavor and drama of life in a remote corner of America. It is the second of a series of regional stories through which she promises to introduce other fascinating and little-known backgrounds to boys and girls. This story will take a place beside her popular Louisiana story Bayou Suzette in the affection of readers.

The eighty-four illustrations are distinguished for their action and fascinating detail. They add greatly to this true picture of Florida life at a time when old Florida ways were changing to new. Winner, 1946 Newbery Medal

Notable Children's Books of 1945 (ALA)

Synopsis:

The land was theirs, but so were its hardships

Strawberries -- big, ripe, and juicy. Ten-year-old Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking them. But her family has just moved to the Florida backwoods, and they haven′t even begun their planting. ";Don′t count your biddies ′fore they′re hatched, gal young un!"; her father tells her.

Making the new farm prosper is not easy. There is heat to suffer through, and droughts, and cold snaps. And, perhaps most worrisome of all for the Boyers, there are rowdy neighbors, just itching to start a feud.

About the Author

In addition to illustrating the first four Betsy-Tacy books, Lois Lenski (1893-1974) was the 1946 Newberry Medal winning author of Strawberry Girl.In addition to illustrating the first four Betsy-Tacy books, Lois Lenski (1893-1974) was the 1946 Newberry Medal winning author of Strawberry Girl.

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FatFatandWeedy, February 1, 2008 (view all comments by FatFatandWeedy)
I think this book rock
it is funny and good
and when i first started to read it it made me intrested because it reminded me of me mom and her family from down south dry and not that much of water because of droughts but i still say
STRAWBERRY GIRL ROCK!
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celina.h, May 17, 2007 (view all comments by celina.h)
I was just looking for this because I had read this back in 4th Grade and the story alone has stuck in my mind all this time. This is the first time I've ever looked it up, I'd buy it for sentimental value and see if it reads the same ^_^
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heldenbaer1, May 3, 2006 (view all comments by heldenbaer1)
Newberry Award-winning books are those books that others have found to be of merit over the years. As a College professor who is taking time off to be with his children, to homeschool them, I am reading books that others in the various hs curriculums recommended. I had seen this title on a few 'lists' but had never read it, either as a child or as an adult- until now.

To learn about this forgotten part of American culture (Florida 'crackers') was a joy to read,and informative. The pictures by Mrs. Lenski add to her work immensely. But it was the humanness of the characters that really touched me: in Strawberry Girl, there were the industrious, the lazy, the mean, the stuffy in the little girl, Birdie's world: as well as the simple right and wrong a child's view of the world entails. And, in the end, one is given a truly happy ending. And that is something the "PC-crowd" would never allow in this day and age (one of the characters 'gets religion'- and it sticks!). But it is for that reason exactly, that I would reach for this book before any other, when my children and I begin our literature study of the various states in the USA next year. A children's novel that is well-written, nicely paced,filled with good characters (people you could emulate, rather than loathe, as the overseeing parent) vibrant characterizations, quaint dialogue, a moral and uplifting story, and not a monster, alien, mummy, or wizard in sight (thank God!).

I can see now why Strawbery Girl is a classic, but I don't understand why it is not more well-known and used; (why did it take me until 50 to even read this book?) unless that aforementioned, overt acknowledgment of our Christian heritage- as a nation and as a people- is too 'controversial' a subject for those who hate our own history, and who want to keep children in the dark about any era before 1970-

unless of course it is dwelling on the 'ultimate evils' of the period 1940-1945, which is waaaay overworked; and it is those same pharasaic minds who also wish to portray multiculturalism as normative- which it is not. Those types will therefore not like this book, in that it cearly shows a cultural/racial/relgious solidarity at odds with the dogma of the multicultis- the 'dogma of the moment' types.

For those narrow minds, no amount of truth- or historical vibrancy- can ever make something 'worthwhile.' Even a children's book. I'm sorry I did not know of this book growing up. I will not forbid my children to grow up in a like manner, to be merely a [multi]culturally stunted drone. I choose this book for the richness it offers about a people like me, imbued with a heritage that once was everyone's. It's time we discovered that heritage- our heritage -once again. Reading this to your children, or having them read it themselves, is a great first step.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064405850
Foreword:
Lenski, Lois
Author:
Lenski, Lois
Author:
by Lois Lenski
Author:
Lenski, Lois
Publisher:
HarperTrophy
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
Country life
Subject:
Florida
Subject:
Lifestyles - Farm Life
Subject:
Sheep
Subject:
Florida Fiction.
Subject:
Lifestyles - Farm Life & Ranch Life
Subject:
Farm life - Florida
Subject:
Florida - History - 20th century
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Trophy Newbery
Series Volume:
v. 10
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.66x5.12x.51 in. .31 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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"Synopsis" by , The land was theirs, but so were its hardships

Strawberries -- big, ripe, and juicy. Ten-year-old Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking them. But her family has just moved to the Florida backwoods, and they haven′t even begun their planting. ";Don′t count your biddies ′fore they′re hatched, gal young un!"; her father tells her.

Making the new farm prosper is not easy. There is heat to suffer through, and droughts, and cold snaps. And, perhaps most worrisome of all for the Boyers, there are rowdy neighbors, just itching to start a feud.

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