The First Strawberries

Paperback | June 1, 1998

Retold byJoseph BruchacIllustratorAnna Vojtech

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From an award-winning Native American storyteller comes this captivating re-telling of a Cherokee legend, which explains how strawberries came to be.

Long ago, the first man and woman quarrelled. The woman left in anger, but the Sun sent tempting berries to Earth to slow the wife's retreat. Luminous paintings perfectly complement this simple, lyrical text. 

"Complete harmony of text and pictures: altogether lovely."-- Kirkus Reviews, pointer review

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Strawberries started with a fight…or so the Cherokee legend goes. A long time ago, the first man and woman had a quarrel. The woman decided enough’s enough and left. However, the Sun took pity on the husband -- now repentant at his wife’s departure -- and so sent beautiful berries to tempt her. Only the beauty and flavour of the strawb...

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From an award-winning Native American storyteller comes this captivating re-telling of a Cherokee legend, which explains how strawberries came to be. Long ago, the first man and woman quarrelled. The woman left in anger, but the Sun sent tempting berries to Earth to slow the wife's retreat. Luminous paintings perfectly complement this ...

Joseph Bruchac (www.josephbruchac.com) is a highly acclaimed children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasn...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140564098

ISBN - 13:9780140564099

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Strawberries started with a fight…or so the Cherokee legend goes. A long time ago, the first man and woman had a quarrel. The woman decided enough’s enough and left. However, the Sun took pity on the husband -- now repentant at his wife’s departure -- and so sent beautiful berries to tempt her. Only the beauty and flavour of the strawberry had the power to reunite this first couple. The First Strawberries glows with delicious illustrations done by Anna Vojtech.

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"Spare text, an uncomplicated story line and gentle illustrations keep this quiet but resonant tale accessible to even the youngest child"--Publishers Weekly

"Quietly luminous watercolors capture details of dress, dwelling, implements, flora, and fauna against an open landscape of rolling hills."--Kirkus Review