The First Strawberries (Paperback)

The First Strawberries By Joseph Bruchac (Retold by), Anna Vojtech (Illustrator) Cover Image

The First Strawberries (Paperback)

By Joseph Bruchac (Retold by), Anna Vojtech (Illustrator)


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From an award-winning Native American storyteller comes this captivating re-telling of a Cherokee legend, which explains how strawberries came to be.

Long ago, the first man and woman quarrelled. The woman left in anger, but the Sun sent tempting berries to Earth to slow the wife's retreat. Luminous paintings perfectly complement this simple, lyrical text. 

"Complete harmony of text and pictures: altogether lovely."-- Kirkus Reviews, pointer review
Joseph Bruchac ( is a highly acclaimed children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored many books for adults and children including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War TwoSkeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website
Product Details ISBN: 9780140564099
ISBN-10: 0140564098
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: June 1st, 1998
Pages: 32
Language: English
Series: Picture Puffin Books
Praise for The First Strawberries...

"Spare text, an uncomplicated story line and gentle illustrations keep this quiet but resonant tale accessible to even the youngest child"--Publishers Weekly

"Quietly luminous watercolors capture details of dress, dwelling, implements, flora, and fauna against an open landscape of rolling hills."--Kirkus Review