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Title:
Strawberry girl
Author:
Lenski, Lois, 1893-1974.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins Publishers, [1945]

©1945
Physical Description:
xii, 193 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary:
Set in a little-known backwoods region of Florida, Strawberry Girl is the first of the Lenski regional books and the winner of the Newbery award.
General Note:
Copyright renewed, 1973, by Lois Lenski (Covey).
Language:
English
Reading Level:
650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.8 6.0 86.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.6 7 Quiz: 11012.
ISBN:
9780397301102

9780397301096
Format :
Book

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Summary

Birdie Boyer was a Florida Cracker. She belonged to a large "strawberry family," who lived on a flatwoods farm in the lake section of the state. They raised strawberries for a living.

Through all the hazards of the uncertain crop -- battling against dry weather and grass fires, the roving hogs and cattle of their neighbors -- Birdie dreamed of an education that would include playing the organ. In the end she won not only the title of "strawberry girl," but book learning as well.

This is a story full of enterprise and fun and tire excitement of real life in this interesting part of America.

Lois Lenski has used again her gift for catching the flavor and drama of life in a remote corner of America. It is the second of a series of regional stories through which she promises to introduce other fascinating and little-known backgrounds to boys and girls. This story will take a place beside her popular Louisiana story Bayou Suzette in the affection of readers.

The eighty-four illustrations are distinguished for their action and fascinating detail. They add greatly to this true picture of Florida life at a time when old Florida ways were changing to new. Winner, 1946 Newbery MedalNotable Children's Books of 1945 (ALA)


Author Notes

Lois Lenski was born in Springfield, Ohio on October 14, 1893. After graduating from Ohio State University, she moved to New York to study art. She continued her studies in London, England and illustrate children's books written by others. She returned to the United States in 1921 and became an author and illustrator.

In 1927, she published two books about her own childhood entitled Skipping Village and A Little Girl of 1900. She wrote nearly 100 books for children and young adults during her lifetime including the Mr. Small series, Bayou Suzette, Prairie School, Boomtown Boy, Judy's Journey, and High-Rise Secret. She received a Newbery Medal in 1946 for Strawberry Girl. She died on September 11, 1974 at the age of 80.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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