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The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac
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Aug 06, 10

bookshelves: fairy-tales-folktales, goodreads-group-reads, manners, native-american, summer-100-book-challenge-2010, read-in-2010
Recommended to Ronyell by: The Picture-Book Club
Read in August, 2010

“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 both the man and the woman sympathetic characters as they go through the trials of quarreling as a couple and readers will feel sympathy for the couple as they get angry at each other, but they felt sorry for each other for arguing and they try to make things right again. Joseph Bruchac has also done a great job at detailing the power of love and how love can overcome any tough trials that comes from a relationship or from life in general. Anna Vojtech’s illustrations are beautiful and fluid as both the man and the woman have long and shiny black hair and have beautiful looking dark eyes. Also, the images of the field that the man and the woman walk through throughout the book are colorful and beautiful as there are various hills in the background and the ground is covered in grass with various flowers and fruits sticking out of the ground.

“The First Strawberries” is a wonderful tale about the importance of true love and will be a pure enjoyment for children who love romance and Native American folktales. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book for smaller children.
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