Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill

by Mary Ann Hoberman


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When 10-year-old Allie learns that her family will be moving from a two-family home to their very own house, she's hesitant until she finds out they will be living on a street with the magical name of Strawberry Hill. That changes everything! But strawberries aren't the only things Allie will have to look for in her new neighborhood. As Allie struggles to find a new "best friend" and adjust to all of the changes she faces, she takes readers on her journey to make Strawberry Hill feel like home.

Strawberry Hill is a timeless story that will captivate readers, just as Mary Ann Hoberman's picture books and poems have for more than fifty years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316041355
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 286,016
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of more than thirty-five books for children, including the critically acclaimed A House Is a House for Me, which won a National Book Award, the New York Times bestselling You Read to Me, I'll Read to You, and the Sing-Along Stories series. Her website is

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Strawberry Hill 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this novel is set in the great depression, it is still very applicable in today's society. It is learning about friendship and how to treat others even if they are different than you.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Allie¿s father had to find a new job when the depression hit. His family lives in New Haven and he works in Stamford. It is difficult not seeing them for a whole week. When things look up he finds a house for them. Allie doesn¿t want to move and leave her best friend Ruthie behind. When her father tells her their new address is Strawberry Hill she changes her mind. She wants everything in her room painted pink. When she arrives it isn¿t what she imagined. She can¿t find the strawberries. She makes two new friends, Martha and Mimi. Mimi and Allie are both Jewish. When Martha¿s friend from the Catholic school calls her a dirty Jew, she finds out first hand what prejudice is. She learns what true friendship is and teaches Martha not to judge based on what others say.I looked at the cover and thought this would be a cutsie little read. Boy did it exceed my expectations. The messages about friendship and the faces of prejudice permeated the whole book. It was not a slap you in the face deal. The main character is a fourth grader but I believe my middle school students would love this. The historical information was very accurate. I would definitely recommend this book to my students
ccino on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book!! I couldn't put the book down. Every tie my teacher told us it was silent reading tie I got excited. This book is about a little girl and her life during the Great Depression. When her family has to move she gets VERY upset, until he mother tells her that they will b living on a street called strawberry hill. Wow, any street that has a name like that has to fun!
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book I almost put it down because its simple style at first seemed flat. But it grew on me and I found that it had a lot packed into it. Allie's family moves to a new house and town during the depression when her father gets a new job. She immediately meets a few neighbor girls and begins the complicated process of figuring out who she likes best, who she wants as a best friend, who wants her as a best friend, who is really nice, and more. All of the characters, even the adults, are nuanced. Because Allie is the narrator, the reader gets a straightforward view of her world without any adult explanation or spin. I think young girls navigating friendships will find this book helpful and enjoyable.
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gl More than 1 year ago
It's the time of the Great Depression and Allie's father has been unemployed for a long time. When her father is offered a job and the family prepares to relocate from their two family home to their own house in the country, ten-year-old Allie does not want to go. She lives next to her best friend Ruthy Greenberg and Allie enjoyed the time she spent with the friendly Greenbergs' home. But when Allie hears that their new home will is called Strawberry Hill, she pictures a beautiful home surrounded by strawberry plants and begins to look forward to their new home. As Allie and her younger brother Danny explore their neighborhood, they are quick to make friends. Her next door neighbor Martha is her age, a hopscotch whiz, and quite friendly. But Martha's best friend, the wealthy banker's daughter Claire, is not half as likable. Allie is willing to put up with Claire to spend time with her favorite new friend Martha. Nine-year-old Mimi lives next door also befriends Allie, but Martha and Claire find Mimi strange and look down on her with the cruelty that comes easily to ten-year-old girls. But Allie feels bad for Mimi - she isn't as bad as Martha says. When Danny and Mimi hit it off, Allie finds that she enjoy spending time with Mimi. As Allie makes her way through the challenges of Strawberry Hill, she finds her true friends. When I first started Strawberry Hill, I had to put it down. I started to feel uncomfortable once it was clear that Martha made fun of Mimi and Allie was willing to avoid Mimi to stay on Martha's good side. I just didn't want to read about the bullying that goes on among young girls. But it was good that I came back to the book because it's much more than bullying - the is about standing up for yourself and sticking by your friends. It's heartwarming and I recommend it highly. Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (July 1, 2009), 240 pages. Courtesy of the publisher.
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MJMS More than 1 year ago
After purchasing this book in B&N on Tuesday I was horrified about the anti-Catholic sentiment that this author portrays to young readers. I read books for the most part first before passing them on or reading them to my children. As a Roman Catholic this is one of the worst betrayals and even more souring knowing that this is a children's book. I only made it to page 48 out of the 230 published pages. On page 23 & 24 the author has the main character, Jewish, meet a Catholic girl who are both 10. The anti-Catholicism starts there. By page 42 the Catholic girl is portrayed as a liar. On page 44, the story contiues with - ...Martha says nobody went to heaven except Catholics. When I asked my father..."Don't listen to all that hogwash", he said. "Jews go to heaven just like everyone else. We probably even go more because we're the chosen people. But we don't brag about it." On page 46 Martha (Catholic) tells Allie (Jewish) that a girl she was playing with smells and that she (Allie) shouldn't be playing with her. Two pages later I put the book down and will not read any more. I feel it extremely unneccesary to pinpoint the "bully" to be a Catholic and the Jewish girl to be a "victim". A similar story could be told in general, non-religous terms which this author has not done. This author is making her debut with this novel and it is horrific to think that this is an acceptable book to share with 3rd to 6th graders. The author has tarnished her new children's poet laureate named by the National Poetry Foundation. Shame on Ms Hoberman and shame on the publisher Little, Brown and Company for letting a book like this be in the hands of our youngsters.