Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

Strawberry Girl 60th Anniversary Edition (Trophy Newbery): 9780064405850:  Lenski, Lois, Lenski, Lois: Books -

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  • What is a strawberry family?  Every time we read this book, I get asked what that means, and I have yet to find a satisfactory answer.  This site defines the term: “Growing strawberries was labor intensive and required many human resources.” However, this seemed rather questionable to me in the story’s context. The book reads: “Regular strawberry family, “jedgin’ from the size of it— six or seven young uns, I reckon.” This is spoken by one of the Slater children, Essie, who comes from a family of six themselves, yet they don’t seem to put in a ton of labor into making their living.  So, based on a bit of research and a lot of deduction, I think (but I’m not certain, I’ve asked around but have not gotten a satisfactory answer) that it simply means that they have a lot of children.  Certain types of strawberries keep coming back year after year. I think the term simply means a family that has a baby every year or two.  
  • This book has a lot of words written in accents. This can be very hard for some people to read. The biggest key is not trying to figure out what is being said, but reading precisely what’s on the page, even if it looks like a “nonsense” word, and listening to hear what it sounds like. The characters sometimes use poor grammar choices and make unusual word choices, but once you get used to it, it shows a certain beauty to the language itself.  But, if it’s too hard, the audiobook does come in handy to listen to the book as it is written without having to struggle with the writing.   

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

  • Sacred Harp Hymnal
  • Singing from the Sacred Harp in an old church
  • Have a picnic as a family, or join others for a potluck -invite friends or church
  • Foods served at the picnic in the story: fried chicken, rabbit, squirrel, ham, sweet potatoes, cowpeas, grits and gravy, cakes and pies, cornbread and biscuits, and cane syrup

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

  • Mullein tea
  • Make blackberry “jell.”
  • Meal in the story included: Fried chicken with “all the trimmings,” and by trimmings, I figure they mean all the other foods they mentioned: turnips, mustard greens, sweet potatoes, peach preserves, blackberry jelly, and pickles, grits and gravy, biscuits and crackling cornbread

Chapter 15

  • In the story, strawberry wine is fetched, but you might like to try strawberry juice with your children
  • Beulah land song
  • Celebrate finishing the book with a fun strawberry recipe
  • Help your children pray for someone they feel needs more joy in their life


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