Book Reviews of Strawberry Girl

Strawberry Girl
Strawberry Girl
Author: Lois Lenski
ISBN-13: 9780064405850
ISBN-10: 0064405850
Publication Date: 6/3/1995
Pages: 208
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 63 ratings
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
First note: young readers might struggle with the dialogue, which is spelled out phonetically in the local dialect. For example, the girl says, "We're studying to raise strawberries," and the boy answers, "You purely can't! Can't raise nothin' on this sorry ole piece o' land but a fuss! Your strawberries won't never make."

Second note: Lenski said she wanted to "present vivid, sympathetic pictures of the real life of different kinds of Americans, against authentic backgrounds of diverse localities." I think she succeeded in this, and in that respect the book was a good, somewhat educational read. On the other hand, I did not find it a pleasant read. Across the street from Strawberry Girl's farm are the Slaters, who let their animals run loose, eating everyone else's crops, while they sit back getting drunk and plotting trouble. The two fathers go to war, and all of the casualties are animals. They get whacked throughout the book, the pigs get their ears cut off and later lose their lives, the mule gets poisoned, the chickens get shot, live bunnies get fed to a pet rattlesnake. The only animal to come through unscathed is the alligator. The feud gets put to rights in the end, but I didn't have a good time on the way there.
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Helpful Score: 3
Lois Lenski wrote several books for children that give a good picture of historical settings. Strawberry Girl is one of our favorites. A great read aloud for elementary age children.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wonderful book about a young girl set in the backwoods of Florida around the turn of the century. A classic!
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Helpful Score: 1
great book! even my boys loved it-a picture of rural life and a devoted family.
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Helpful Score: 1
First note: young readers might struggle with the dialogue, which is spelled out phonetically in the local dialect. For example, the girl says, "We're studying to raise strawberries," and the boy answers, "You purely can't! Can't raise nothin' on this sorry ole piece o' land but a fuss! Your strawberries won't never make."

Second note: Lenski said she wanted to "present vivid, sympathetic pictures of the real life of different kinds of Americans, against authentic backgrounds of diverse localities." I think she succeeded in this, and in that respect the book was a good, somewhat educational read. On the other hand, I did not find it a pleasant read. Across the street from Strawberry Girl's farm are the Slaters, who let their animals run loose, eating everyone else's crops, while they sit back getting drunk and plotting trouble. The two fathers go to war, and all of the casualties are animals. They get whacked throughout the book, the pigs get their ears cut off and later lose their lives, the mule gets poisoned, the chickens get shot, live bunnies get fed to a pet rattlesnake. The only animal to come through unscathed is the alligator. The feud gets put to rights in the end, but I didn't have a good time on the way there.
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First note: young readers might struggle with the dialogue, which is spelled out phonetically in the local dialect. For example, the girl says, "We're studying to raise strawberries," and the boy answers, "You purely can't! Can't raise nothin' on this sorry ole piece o' land but a fuss! Your strawberries won't never make."

Second note: Lenski said she wanted to "present vivid, sympathetic pictures of the real life of different kinds of Americans, against authentic backgrounds of diverse localities." I think she succeeded in this, and in that respect the book was a good, somewhat educational read. On the other hand, I did not find it a pleasant read. Across the street from Strawberry Girl's farm are the Slaters, who let their animals run loose, eating everyone else's crops, while they sit back getting drunk and plotting trouble. The two fathers go to war, and all of the casualties are animals. They get whacked throughout the book, the pigs get their ears cut off and later lose their lives, the mule gets poisoned, the chickens get shot, live bunnies get fed to a pet rattlesnake. The only animal to come through unscathed is the alligator. The feud gets put to rights in the end, but I didn't have a good time on the way there.
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We have always loved this book in our family. This is such a good book!
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Great book about life in early America (Floridy to be precise). Lois Lenski writes much old time southern flair, it makes the reader continue to speak as iffin ya still in the Boyer house, jest awaiting to see Shoestring cum up around the bend with a rattler to tease Birdie.

My 5 and 6 year old girls loved this book. We had a hard time putting it down each night. Jesus saves families just the same today as he did way back in early America!
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Loved it when I was teen and loved it again as an adult.
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A good story for young adults.
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Set in the little-known backwoods region of Florida, it is Birdie Boyer's story; of how she and her fierce Cracker pride battled nature, animals and feuding neighbors to become the best "strawberry girl" the backwoods ever knew. A personal favorite which my children loved!
This copy was a library discard when I got it, and the back cover is quite scuffed and the front cover corners are dog-eared. There is a black mark on the top and side of the book where the library stamp was crossed out. Inside pages are fine.