The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story

The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story

by Joseph Bruchac, Anna Vojtech
     
 
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 the simple, lyrical text. Complete

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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 the simple, lyrical text. Complete harmony of text and pictures: altogether lovely. -- Kirkus Reviews, pointer review Joseph Bruchac is an award-winning storyteller whose books for children include Eagle Song, Children of the Longhouse, and Arrow to the Sun (all Dial). He lives in Greenfield Center, New York. Anna Vojtech lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This legend explains the origins of strawberries, grown by the sun to help the first man and woman patch a quarrel. "Spare text, an uncomplicated story line and gentle illustrations keep this quiet but resonant tale accessible to even the youngest child," said PW. Ages 4-8. (June)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The sun's gift of strawberries brings a husband and wife back together in this Cherokee creation myth. First man and first woman quarrel, and she leaves him. The sun decides to help first man win her back by placing ripened berries in her path. When she reaches the strawberries, the beauty of the fruit is so tempting that first woman slows down to sample them. Thus first man is able to catch up with her and ask for forgiveness. Complemented by Vojtech's luminous watercolors, this is a wonderful tale of friendship and respect.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This captivating Cherokee tale explains the creation of strawberries. The Creator makes a man and woman who marry and live together for a long time. One day they quarrel and the woman leaves the man in anger and haste. Feeling sorry for the husband, the Sun sends raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries in an attempt to stop the woman's retreat. Finally, when the Sun sends strawberries, the woman stops to taste and collect the delicious fruit and her apologetic husband catches up with her. After a pleasant conversation, they reunite and return home. To this day, Cherokee people believe that strawberries are a reminder that "friendship and respect are as sweet as the taste of ripe, red berries." Luminous watercolor illustrations capture the beauty of this timeless read-aloud story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803713321
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.73(w) x 11.49(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD320L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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