THE FIRST STRAWBERRIES by Joseph Bruchac

THE FIRST STRAWBERRIES

A Cherokee Story
adapted by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

A gentle story of the Sun's healing of marital discord by a gift of ripe strawberries that magically grow at the feet of an angry woman as she flees her husband's harsh words, thus halting her departure long enough for him to catch up and make amends. Thereafter, the story concludes, whenever the Cherokee eat strawberries, they are reminded to be kind to one another. Quietly luminous watercolors capture details of dress, dwelling, implements, flora, and fauna against an open landscape of rolling hills. Small touches dramatize the story's moods: a bouquet of brown-eyed Susans flung to the ground in anger; an empty nest in a pine tree as the woman disappears behind the western hills; the glimmer of a single firefly as man and wife are reconciled. Complete harmony of text and pictures: altogether lovely. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)
Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8037-1331-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1993




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