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Strawberry Girl 60th Anniversary Edition (Trophy Newbery) Paperback – April 26, 2005
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About the Author
In addition to illustrating the first four Betsy-Tacy books, Lois Lenski (1893-1974) was the 1946 Newberry Medal winning author of Strawberry Girl.
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1. The Story: There's something about a simple story and the description of the simple lives of children. Lenski spends the time to describe a Hen and her chicks and then turn around in the same chapter and talk about the brutality of fire.
2. The illustrations: The book has about 30 illustrations through out the book and were all drawn by the author.
3. The message: As a Christian I was amazed (and encouraged) to see how the conflict is resolved in this book. You don't see books that have a strong Christian(or any other religion for that matter) find literary success, but this book does it, and does it well.
What I didn't like:
1. Ms. Lenski tried to be as authentic as she could with the telling of this book, down to the dialect the people spoke. It took some getting used to while reading, and while I appreciate her desire to be true to the people and the time, I think young readers will struggle with it today.
This would be a great book for 9-10 year old readers.
Strawberry Girl won the Newbery Medal in 1946