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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Strawberry Girl
  • Lois Lenski
  • English
  • 05 July 2017
  • 9780064405850

Strawberry Girl[Read] ➵ Strawberry Girl By Lois Lenski – Essayreview.co.uk The land was theirs, but so were its hardships

Strawberries big, ripe, and juicy Tenyearold Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking them But her family has just moved to the Florida ba The land was theirs, but so were its hardshipsStrawberriesbig, ripe, and juicy Tenyearold 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 herMaking 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: Lois Lenski

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10 thoughts on “Strawberry Girl

  1. says:

    1946 Newbery Medal winner.

    These older Newbery Medal books, these children's classics, are struggling to stand the test of time. Why? Well, take this one for example. It's about a time gone by, very different from today, a much harder time. It's characters, it's language, it's life situations are so stark, they must seem almost foreign to today's young readers. Can today's children still relate? Maybe, but not very easily. It's a shame too. Most of them are well written, have wonderful characters, and most share positive examples, themes and ideas that were important then and are still important today. About this book; I liked it. It's story line and themes are much more serious than you might guess from the title. Lenski was a good writer. She died in 1974 at age 80, and she published 98 books during that span.

  2. says:

    Strawberry Girl was the first novel I read by children’s book author and illustrator Lois Lenski (October 14, 1893 – September 11, 1974). I read the book in the fifth grade in secret, because with its pink cover, not to mention title, was girly. At the time, I was in the process of reading books that had the Newbery Award, regardless of content. There were some duds in that bunch. For instance, I could not get into Dr. Doolittle by Hugh Lofting, due to the archaic language and the fact that there was a stereotypical black character.

    Strawberry Girl’s synopsis sounded girly, too. According to the back cover blurb, Birdie Boyer is a plucky ten-year old heroine in turn of the century Florida who oversees a crop of strawberries in the hopes of winning some Four H-styled prize. The actual story is somewhat darker. It’s about a Hatfield vs McCoyesque feud between the Boyer’s neighbors, who are in reality, squatters. The father, in particular, is a drunken lout with rage issues. The mother is not much better. The Boyers, by contrast, are one class above them, and while not educated, per se, have strong bourgeois values and a Puritan work ethic. The neighbors don’t resort to violence. Instead, they use criminal mischief, such as ignoring property boundaries and destroying crops. The neighbor’s son is the lone good egg in the family, and with the help of Birdie, tames his wild streak. The families enter into an uneasy truce, thanks to the friendship between the two kids. The story is accompanied by the author’s stark, black-and-white illustrations that have the austere quality of folk art.

    I ended up reading other Lenski books that year. Her regional series followed the lives of children in various US locales. Most of the scenarios dealt with poverty in some form or another. Appalachia is explored in Blue Ridge Billy. Judy’s Journey is about migrant workers. She even dealt with racism in a book that I only heard about, entitled Mama Hattie’s Girl, which features an all-African American (or in the parlance of the time, Negro) cast. Yet another novel is set in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Lenski was prolific, writing and illustrating many picture books, historical novels and even songbooks. Her focus on poverty and effects on children make her a kind of children’s lit version of John Steinbeck.

    Much of her work is out of print. This past summer, I volunteered for my local library (MLK Public Library here in DC), and I had the pleasure of working with the Rare Children’s Book Collection. Many Lenski works are housed in there.

    It’s a shame that more of her stuff isn’t in print. Her focus on the vulnerable left an impresseion my young mind, and made me empathetic and curious about the lives of others.

  3. says:

    Lois Lenski wrote a huge series of children's books that were set in different sections of the U.S. As a youngster, I was never able to relate to this Newbery Medal winner as much as I did to her Cotton in My Sack, because it is set in Florida rather than Arkansas, and in my youth I spent much, much more time in cotton patches than in strawberry fields.

  4. says:

    I should have been more securely fastened in my chair when I finished this book - what a catapulting shock of an ending!! Christians, you'll LOVE IT!!

    I'm not sure how this book got missed in my childhood, but it's a sad occurrence for sure. The ending entirely made the book, and it's one that every Christian will applaud and cheer! So you're probably scratching your head like me, wondering just how this book won a Newbery Medal? I don't know. But here's what the story is about...

    A farming family moves to Florida in the hopes of doing better for themselves with a new plot of land and more opportunity. But will their neighbors allow it? Full of oneriness and spite, and a drunken father that eggs his children on, the neighbors are not the nice, friendly sort by any means. The family experiences one set back after another from the very people that live next to them. Will they be able to endure?

    You'll just have to read the book to see how it could possibly end with a shock!

    Ages: 6 - 12

    Cleanliness: Law me shucks and Lawzy are said. There is a scene with various people dancing. There is a drunk in the story who is changed. Two boys beat up the school teacher - he was so badly beaten that school is closed indefinitely. A girl gets so bad at a boy (that threw a snake at her) that she hates everything about him - she forgives him later.

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  5. says:

    Here's a great way to keep history alive for middle-schoolers. Lois Lenski wrote about ordinary country children, usually in agricultural occupations. Her STRAWBERRY GIRL lives in Florida and has to contend with rival families struggling to bring in the seasonal strawberry crop. While the time (ca. 1940) has now gone by, this is such a worthwhile document of Florida history that it is still in print and widely read in the Sunshine State. Perhaps your kids will enjoy it too!

  6. says:

    I'm basing this rating on how much I enjoyed it when I read it: almost 30 years ago in fourth grade. I remember loving Lois Lenski and the illustrations are wonderful. My friend and I were both reading this at the same time. I was flying through it and she was plodding and then overnight to my shock and horror she finished the whole thing while I was waiting up for her. Never forgot that.

  7. says:

    In her forward, Lenski explains that she writes novels about American children from different regions of our country so that young readers will know their land better. In particular, she wants to help American children to love those who are different from themselves by helping her readers understand each other better.

    Even though she occasionally describes people with words or generalizations we wouldn’t find in a modern story, Lenski’s vintage books are a lovely example of a kind of “multiculturalism” based on love and respect.

    In this novel, we witness the conflict between two contrasting households of Florida “crackers.” One family wants to fence their land and improve their lives through hard work and ingenuity. The other family violently resents anyone who restricts the free range of their cattle or who acts “uppity” by pursuing comfort or refinement of any kind. Nowadays we would say that the behavior and dynamics of the second family are definitely dysfunctional.

    In a modern story, I’m pretty sure that the father of the second family would be an irredeemable bad guy who needs to be kicked out by his wife. Yet that’s not Lenski’s approach at all. She is more interested in showing us these people in all their humanity than in judging them. In addition, the final solution is one that I cannot imagine appearing in a modern tale for children (view spoiler)[(this father is finally transformed by “getting saved” at a revival meeting after the preacher prays at him for a good long while! It's definitely a bit abrupt--definitely off-stage and a deus-ex-machina--but it fits the setting) (hide spoiler)]

  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this book. Not only are the characters well-drawn, and the illustrations quaint, but I learned a piece of Florida's history - something I knew nothing about prior to reading Strawberry Girl.

  9. says:

    Strawberry Girl, the 1946 Newberry winner, shares a slice of reality from early 1900s Florida with main character, Birdie, that kids and adults alike will find charming.

    I personally learned a lot about the regional speech, mannerisms & traditions that I never would've known. The lives of today's youth (and even my own) are so vastly different from the times in this book. It really makes you think. The characters endured so much, but the conflict resolution is a happy one. Lois Lenski's SHOO-FLY GIRL was a favorite of mine in my youth and I wasn't disappointed in this one. I want to try BAYOU SUZETTE next. The quaint pencil drawings are so cute and a little something extra to her books

  10. says:

    I remember reading this as a kid, but had forgotten that it was written in the vernacular of the South in the depression. I'd also forgotten that it was in Florida.

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