Rediscover this Newbery Medal–winning classic, a favorite of generations.
Strawberries—big, ripe, and juicy. Ten-year-old Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking them. But her family has just moved to the Florida backwoods, and they haven't even begun their planting. "Don't count your biddies 'fore they're hatched, gal young un!" her father tells her.
Making the new farm prosper is not easy. There is heat to suffer through, and droughts, and cold snaps. And, perhaps most worrisome of all for the Boyers, there are rowdy neighbors, just itching to start a feud. The land was theirs, but so were its hardships.
Teachers, grandparents, and homeschooling families continue to reach for Lois Lenski's Strawberry Girl. As one fan commented, a reason for its continued success is that it's "a touching, realistic tale of the power of neighborly love and kindness."
“Fresh and authentic.” — New York Times
“A vivid regional story, with the humor and kindliness of an understanding writer.” — Horn Book Magazine
"A delightful story that chronicles the struggles and achievements of a Floridian pioneer family. The story, historical foundation, dialogue, characters, and illustrations combine to create a timeless tale everyone will enjoy. The Boyer family relocates to the backwoods of Florida and plans to begin farming strawberries. Their new neighbors resent the Boyers and conspire to stir up trouble. Soon a feud erupts between the two families. The simple compassion of one woman ultimately saves both families from the looming hatred and destruction. Lenski paints a picture of Florida backwoods life with tales of frontier schools, social gatherings, and neighborly kindness." — Homeschooling Today