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The First Strawberries

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  251 ratings  ·  63 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Puffin Books (first published September 6th 1993)
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Crystal Marcos
This was a Children's Picture Book Club read and I am so glad to have read it. The First Strawberries was a very enjoyable read. I loved the pictures. I could see nature reaching right out at me and almost felt like I could pick those berries. The story tells the truth about relationships. We don't always live in complete bliss. I think it is important for children to read about that sometimes. I also like that the couple makes up and children can learn that aspect of a relationship. I do not th ...more
“The First Strawberries” is a Cherokee story retold by Joseph Bruchac along with gorgeous illustrations by Anna Vojtech and it is about how a man and a woman got into a fight and the woman ended up leaving the man and it is up to the sun to help get the couple back together. “The First Strawberries” is a truly heartwarming story about true love that children will enjoy for many years!

Joseph Bruchac has done a wonderful job at retelling this Cherokee story about true love. Joseph Bruchac makes bo
Lisa Vegan
Mar 27, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
This is a lovely Cherokee folktale; I enjoyed it much more than I’d anticipated, especially since I don’t always appreciate creation stories. I do often like Native American folktales though. (I did just notice another book that appears to tell a version of this story so I would guess that this is a traditional folktale.)

The illustrations are lush and beautiful, and the berries, especially the strawberries, look delicious. These are perfect watercolor paintings because without them the story wou
The reason I didn't like this book was because I thought that the reason for the argument was flawed. Had they had any other argument this book would have been good. However, the argument was as follows; the husband returned home from hunting to find his wife picking flowers instead of having dinner made so he gets angry. My question is this, how on earth would the wife have even been able to make dinner before the husband came home with the meat? Since he was out hunting they have obviously run ...more
Sue Edwards
Long ago the Creator made a man and a woman. He made them at the same time so that they would always have each other for company. Before long they married and things went well for a long time.

Then one day the man came home from hunting and his wife had not yet started dinner. She was picking flowers, hoping to share their beauty with her husband. The man, hungry after a long day, asked if she expected him to eat the flowers. At his hurtful words, she turned around and walked away.

The man was qui
Kelly O'toole
This is a story of an argument between the first man and first woman, as the husband coming home from hunting was angry his wife as she had not yet cooked a meal. She was busy picking flowers and wanted to share their beauty with her husband. Perturbed at him, the women leaves. The man realizes the error in his ways and asks the Sun for help.

The sun shines, raspberries appear, but the woman keeps walking. The sun shines, blueberries appear, but the woman keeps walking. The sun shines, blackberr
This was a really different and interesting take on a creation myth. If you squint, you can almost see a connection with the infamous apple, but here the Sun gives people fruit to remind them of the sweetness of friendship and forgiveness, and it's used not as a temptation but as an expression of love. The couple have an argument, and it's one that feels like it could really happen: man gets angry food isn't made, woman gets mad at man for being a jerk, man realizes he was a jerk and apologizes, ...more
This is a picture book that’s been in my personal collection for years. I first found it when teaching in second grade and it’s a great book for that age. Bruchac’s story telling is really superb here and paired with the luminous illustrations The First Strawberries in a wonderful book. I especially like the wordless two-page spreads that add a little more depth to the story.

At first blush this may seem like an odd story to share with children, it is about a marital spat, but I actually think ki
Author: Joseph Brushac

Illustrator: Anna Vojtech

Genre: folk lore picture book

Publication Info: Puffin (1998)

Reading Level: Ages 6-10; early transitional

Topic/Theme: love, humility, making up, friendship, companionship

Issues Addressed: the simple fights between a husband and wife, how strawberries came to be

Social Issues: Cherokee culture

Classroom Uses: independent reading, read aloud

Summary: Man and woman were created to be married so they would not be lonesome. The husband and wife fight becaus
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 storyt
Jessica Breighner
The First Strawberries, Bruchac
1. Brief Summary
This is a Cherokee story about how strawberries brought about love, friendship, and respect within their native culture. A man and wife find a new respect for each other after a fight, through the discovery of strawberries.

2. Potential Audience
The reading level is early to transitional.
The genre is folklore, and native cultural awareness and difference.
The topic is about how culture can shape beliefs and values.

3. Specific Curricular Uses
This story is about a husband and his wife whom are Cherokee Indians. The husband comes home one day to find that his meal had not been made yet and his wife was not home. The husband becomes angry and says hard words to his wife and the wife then proceeds to leave him. After his wife left him, the husband starts to feel bad about the words he said to his wife. He then decides to catch up to her and apologize to her; she is angry as well and is walking much too fast for him to catch up to her. H ...more
The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story retold by Joseph Bruchac

1. Genre: Traditional Literature

2. Summary: This Cherokee legend tells how the first strawberries reunited the first man and first woman. They had a quarrel and the woman left. The sun had pity on the man and sent different kinds of berries down so the woman would stop and pick them. Only the strawberries made the woman stop and this gave the man time to catch up with her and apologize.

3. Critique:
a. Area for comment: The beauti
Mary Harris
Citation: The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story, retold by Joseph Bruchac. (Dial Books for Young Readers, 1993.) 29p. Traditional Literature.
Genre: Picture Book – Traditional Literature
Summary: The book tells of a Cherokee couple who get into an argument. The wife walks away from the husband and walks for days and days. The sun helps the husband by growing strawberries in front of the wife’s feet. The wife was able to stop and pick the strawberries long enough that her husband was able to cat
Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project
Read by: Mary
Author: Joseph Bruchac Illustrator: Ann Vojech
Genre: Traditional Literature
Interest Level: PreK-3
Grade level Equivalent: 3.5
Lexile Measure: 320L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: L

This book is about how strawberries came to exist. It starts with a fight between newlyweds, which results in the wife walking away to the west towards the sun. When the man realizes his mistake, he tries to catch up to her but she is too fast. The sun takes pity on him and helps the husband by shining the
this is the legend of how the first strawberries came into being, and it’s kind of nice because it’s a love story. i’m going to summarize it so if you don’t want to know skip over.
one day a husband comes home from hunting to find his wife picking flowers instead of cooking. he angrily reprimands her for this and she indignantly walks off. the husband immediately feels sorry for getting so angry and tries to catch up to his wife to apologize but she’s too fast for him so he asks the sun to slow
A Creation story from the Cherokees about the first Man & Woman. After an argument, the woman walks away from the man. She walks so fast, the man can't catch up with her. The Sun decides to help out and trys to tempt her by growing raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries along her path. But nothing stops her until she see strawberries, eats one and decides she likes it so much that she will take some home to her husband. The man catches up with her as she is still gathering strawberries, ...more
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The First Strawberrries was an amazing story. It tells of the first man and woman. After an argument the woman leaves the man and the Sun realizes that the man never meant what he said. So to help the man the Sun made all the different types of berries. Definitely a great story about kindness and respect!
The story explains how strawberries first came into the world. After a quarrel between the first man and woman, the sun sends different berries to get the woman’s attention, but it is only the strawberry that has the power to stop the woman from leaving and reunite the couple.

Being married, I can certainly relate to the conflicts that occur between husband and wife! However, I don't think that you have to be married to understand the message of this story. It truly is about respect for one anot
1. Summary: A Cherokee story about how strawberries came into the world. Strawberries were created to help man and woman overcome their differences.

2. Reading Level: Early/Transitional
genre folklore
topic: how culture can shape beliefs and values

3. Specific curricular uses: reader’s theatre, independent reading

4. Social issues the book addresses: cultural awareness, the importance of appreciating what you have

5. Specific literary elements the book demonstrates: personification, incorporates int
This Cherokee creation tale tells the story of a quarrel between the first man and woman. When the woman walks away from her husband’s harsh words, he follows, but is not able to catch up. The Sun sees how sorry the man is and tries to help by causing various berries to grow in her path. Only the sweetness of strawberries, however, has the power to stop her and allow her husband a chance to ask for forgiveness. This is how strawberries came to be, and now whenever Cherokee people eat strawberrie ...more
Amy Mcmullan
The Cherokee story of forgiveness and creation. The creator/sun brought the gifts of berries to the earth to stop the woman from leaving the man. Beautiful story and wonderful illustrations.
Lynesha Williams
A Cherokee man and woman were created at the same time. They both shared love for one another and were happily married until they got into an argument. The argument came about when the woman did not cook her husband dinner. Instead of cooking, she went out into the fields and picked flowers, but after the argument she left her husband for days until she saw strawberries in the field. The strawberries came about when the man asked the sun for help to get his wife back. With energy from the sun, t ...more
The creator of the world puts a male and female Cherokee on the earth to live together. The man and woman fight one day, and the woman leaves the man. The man pleads with the sun to help him catch his wife, and the sun creates strawberries. The strawberries capture the woman's attention, and they help the woman forgive the man.

This was a very simplistic story that a young listener could easily follow. The story seemed almost a bit too easy, as there was not much plot to engage the reader. I did
One day the Creator made man and woman. They married and were happy. But the man came home one day from hunting and found his wife picking flowers instead of having dinner ready. He became angry and said some hurtful things. The wife left and as much as he tried, the husband could not catch her. But the sun saw how sorry he was and agreed to help the husband.

This is a cherokee tale about the first strawberries. It, of course, explains the creation of strawberries, but I believe the story goes mu
Fantastic book with all you need; an exploration of culture and folklore, with great illustrations and a lovely moral at the end. One of those books you can appreciate at any age.
What a beautiful story! I enjoy reading tales of this sort and I thought the message in this story was simple, yet important. The illustrations were lovely; she did show facial variations, and I enjoyed the soft colors used. I thought this story illustrated the native belief in the importance of respecting nature and the respect between a man and a woman. I just loved that! This book not only teaches us about native culture, but how similar different cultures can be. A great topic for discussion ...more
John Sullivan
The First Strawberries is a book about the first man and woman getting into an argument and the discovery of the first strawberries. Bruchac is a wonderful story-teller, and I really enjoyed this book as the pictures and text worked very well together to tell this interesting tale. In a Native American text-set, especially one containing folktales, The First Strawberries would be a great story to read. I think students would enjoy reading it because it involves the Native American interpretation ...more
Another great little book about controlling your temper.
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Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife, Carol, in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Much of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by wh ...more
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