The First Strawberries

by Joseph Bruchac

Hardcover, 1993



Call number

398.2 Bru

Call number

398.2 Bru

Local notes

398.2 Bru




Dial (1993), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 32 pages


A quarrel between the first man and the first woman is reconciled when the Sun causes strawberries to grow out of the earth.

Physical description

32 p.; 11.54 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member Cottonwood.School
A quarrel between the first man and the first woman is reconciled when the Sun causes strawberries to grow out of the earth.
LibraryThing member meallen1
This book is great because it is about the indians picking the first strawberries, and I would read this book when we first start leaning about the indians and how they lived in America before the pilgrims got here.
LibraryThing member irisdovie
This book has beautiful illustrations and I enjoyed the tale of how strawberries came into existence. This story is more for pre-schoolers. I would use this book in a storytime setting at a public library.
LibraryThing member rebecca401
This Cherokee folktale tells the story of the first man and woman who quarrel over cooking dinner. The sun intervenes to help them. They eventually reconcile and share sweet strawberries together. Strawberries have since become a Cherokee reminder to be kind to one another.
LibraryThing member Kcarline143
This Cherokee tale describes a man and a woman fighting over cooking dinner. The Sun helps them compromise on cooking dinner. They share strawberries together and the story reminds people to be kind to one another. This is a great book for children who have siblings so they can learn how to get
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along and that they can share responsibilites.
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
If you've ever wondered just how strawberries first came into the world, then look no further. In this gentle retelling of a Cherokee folktale, the sun resolves a quarrel between husband and wife by creating a series of delicious berries, culminating with a lovely fruit that looks like red fire in
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the grass. Bruchac's narrative, when paired with Anna Vojtech's serene watercolors, should please folktale enthusiasts young and old, even the ones (like me) who secretly prefer raspberries...
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LibraryThing member SylviaSmile
A beautiful Cherokee folktale is retold by Joseph Bruchac, but the illustrations by Anna Vojtech really bring it to life. It discusses the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation and is generally positive about the power of love. The Creation story at the beginning is a little confusing,
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however, for those more familiar with the Christian idiom--why did the man in this story become angry after previously living in peace and happiness with his wife? It is not explained. I would recommend this story to ages 3-8.
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LibraryThing member AleciaDesselle
A sweet and simple tale about how strawberries came to exist. After being spoken unkindly to by her husband, the woman leaves. Truly sorry for being unkind, the man searches for his wife with the help of the sun. To get her attention, the sun’s rays cause beautiful sweet strawberries to bloom.
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Taken by their beauty and sweetness, the wife decides to pick some for her husband. This story is told by Cherokee Indians to remind each other to always be kind and that friendship and respect is sweet like strawberries.
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LibraryThing member shane54
A story about a Native American man & woman who start off by getting into a "squabble". The woman leaves & along with some help from the sun, the man is able to catch up with her since she stopped to eat some strawberries after passing up the blueberries, blackberries, etc.
LibraryThing member Sarah0423
Summary- This story is about a Cherokee tale of a couple fighting over what to cook for dinner. The sun helps them work together and compromise on what to make. They couple share strawberries with each other.
Personal Reaction- I liked this story. I was a very well written. I think that It is
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important to know about the native American culture and this helps kids hear some of the tales that the Cherokee tribe has. Where I live, there are a lot of Native Americans, and I think it is import for the students to know about them.
Classroom Extension. I would evolve this book with a lesson over Native Americans.
1.“Indian Princess” I have a friend who is a Cherokee Princess and I would bring her into my classroom dressed in her full costume and have her dance and talk in their native tongue. I would also allow the students to ask her any questions about her culture.
2.“ What to make for dinner” Have the kids write a short paragraph about what they would make for dinner if they were this couple
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LibraryThing member kellyknight01
This Native American story depicts the creation of the first strawberries. After the first married couple have a fight that results in the woman running away, the man tries to catch up to apologize, but is too slow. The sun, seeing that the man is truly sorry, creates beautiful berries to stop her
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along her path. The only berry that stops her is strawberries. The husband then catches up and they reunite, apologizing for their actions. To this day Native Americans believe that strawberries symbolize love and forgiveness.
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LibraryThing member Suzanne.Marble
My daughter received this book free from Imagination Library.

I read this book to my 3 (Almost 4) year old and she quite enjoyed it. From her perspective it was easy to tell what berry the sun made on the ground and was great to talk about feelings (Anger, forgiveness). From my perspective It was a
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great book to teach about how the sun helps create life in plants and how forgiveness is stronger than anger. It had new vocabulary and was told in a fun way. i enjoyed reading her this book and would recommend it to other parents as well.
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LibraryThing member KrystalKeroack
I like this story for the teaching of always being kind to one another, and that friendship and respect are a sweet as berries. This could be a good book to include if you are studying the Cherokee tribe. It provides a tale that they have passed down to explain the meaning of friendship in my
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opinion. Students could gather great knowledge from this. You could also ask them if they are being sweet like a berry when an argument comes up between friends.
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LibraryThing member BibliLakayAyizan
A very long time ago when the world was new, the Creator made a man and a woman. For a while, they lived happily together. But one day, they had their first fight and the woman ran away. With the help of the sun, the couple will find forgiveness and understanding.

Based on a Cherokee legend, this
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book explains the first strawberries.
Creation of the sun to stop the woman in her escape, the delicious fruit is the only thing that makes her stop running. Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are also left by the Sun on her path, but none of them work as she is blinded by anger. The delicious fruit is since then used as a reminder to be kind and respectful to each other.

The first strawberry is a great story beautifully retold by Joseph Bruchac. The illustrations by Anna Vojtech are delicate and colorful and follow the text perfectly.
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