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Strawberry Girl
Strawberry Girl | Lois Lenski
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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 Medal Notable Children's Books of 1945 (ALA)
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TheAromaofBooks
Strawberry Girl | Lois Lenski
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Lenski's historical fiction for children are always a delight - thoroughly researched and adorably illustrated. It's amazing that this story takes place barely a hundred years ago! The ending is a bit too neat, but it IS a children's book from the 40's, so I can go with it.

My copy is getting old and battered - the pages are starting to fall out!!

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Eggs
Strawberry Girl | Lois Lenski
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Like strawberry wine and seventeen
The hot July moon saw everything
My first taste of love oh bittersweet
Green on the vine🎶

#strawberrywine #songsofsummer @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620
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OriginalCyn620 😎🎶📚❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 3mo
Andrea313 Great choice on the tagged book! Love Lois Lenski! 😍 3mo
Eggs Thanks all! @Andrea313 I grew up on Lois Lenski 🤗 3mo
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GatheringBooks
Strawberry Girl | Lois Lenski
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#HeyJune Day 23: Goodreads has an actual list of books called #StrawberryFieldsForever - no joke. Here are a few of them, across genres.

Cinfhen Thanks for some suggestions 😘 1y
GypsyKat Nice! 🍓🍓🍓 1y
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen lady aims to please as always! 😘🧚🏼‍♀️😍📚 1y
GatheringBooks @GypsyKat i think i love strawberries 🍓 a little less than mangoes but almost the same. :) 😍 1y
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saresmoore
Strawberry Girl | Lois Lenski
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Strawberry picking with Pops today!

KarenUK Soooo Lovely! 🍓This photo makes me homesick for English summers.... (edited) 1y
TrishB @KarenUK you‘ve been away too long in that you think there‘s an actual summer!!! 😁 although it‘s supposed to be very hot this weekend! (edited) 1y
KarenUK @TrishB You are so right! Definitely rose-colored glasses! It's like I've blocked out all the grey drizzle! (edited) 1y
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TrishB There‘s the usual couple of days we wait all year for 😁 1y
saresmoore @KarenUK @TrishB North Carolina has a nice range of seasons with lots of sunshine. My ginger skin would appreciate more of that English grey, though! 1y
batsy Awww! ❤️ And yes, those bluuuuue skies... 1y
Suet624 Wow. Gorgeous photo. Believe it or not the last bits of snow melted on Tuesday. The strawberry patch is just a twinkle in my eye. 1y
TrishB You probably need sun cream twice a year 😁 1y
rohit-sawant Such a wonderful picture! 💙 1y
saresmoore @rohit-sawant Thank you! Today has been an absolutely perfect spring day! 1y
saresmoore @batsy Both Elliott and my dad have eyes that are almost the same color as that sky. It blows my mind. 1y
saresmoore @Suet624 Finally! Will Vermont get some good summer/fall produce? 1y
saresmoore @Cinfhen @LauraBeth @LeahBergen Didn‘t want you lovely ladies to miss a photo of my little strawberry pickers! 1y
LeahBergen Aww, this is the sweetest. Look at their happy faces! 💕💕 (and those strawberries are huge 😮). 1y
LauraBeth This is the sweetest picture ever! ❤️ Thanks for sharing! Peach season next! 1y
andrew61 Lovely photo, made me smile ☺ 1y
Suet624 @saresmoore well we had a great maple sap run. I imagine we‘ll get some strawberries in June. ❤️ 1y
saresmoore @LauraBeth Ooh, I can‘t wait for peaches! 🍑🥧 (pretend that‘s a cobbler—I make a mean Paleo version!) 1y
saresmoore @LeahBergen They aren‘t all quite so giant, but they sure are tasty! Good thing, too. We have so many now! 1y
saresmoore @andrew61 Does it make you miss when yours were smaller? I‘ve had my fair share of nostalgia moments, getting to spend time with my two-year-old nephew. The years really do speed by! 1y
andrew61 @saresmoore i know what you mean sara, my daughters are 23,18, and 16 and i miss all those lovely moments and don't think i fully appreciated it at the time - they drive me and my wife bonkers at moment but still brighten my day. Glad you are enjoying revisiting the joys of those early years ☺ 1y
Cinfhen I‘m sooo glad you thought of me 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓and I‘m happy Pops is in the picture too!!! Lovely to see the girls 😍 1y
AlaMich That‘s a lovely picture of a lovely family! 😊 1y
saresmoore @AlaMich Thank you! ♥️ I‘m pretty partial to them, myself. 😊 1y
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howjessreads
Strawberry Girl | Lois Lenski
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According to #friYAYintro, there are several Littens who have NEVER had strawberry shortcake!! ?????

I think this is probably bc it's a pretty American dessert? But really, it's easy to make! Here's my fave recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/76969/perfect-berry-shortcakes/.

(Just don't fall for those gross fake spongecake circles that the grocery stores call "shortcakes". Gotta have the real deal!)

jhod Thank you very much! I will be making! 2y
AlaMich Are those like scones, or biscuits? They look like it. 2y
howjessreads @AlaMich Sort of a cross? Flakier than a scone, but not really totally biscuitlike. 2y
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howjessreads Yay @jhod!! 🙂 2y
readinginthedark I like it better with cake than with biscuits! But homemade, not like the store bought ones. 2y
Jess_Read_This 😱Never ever?! You made it the best way with biscuits too! My most favorite dessert! 2y
ABrakes85 I've never tried this but I will definitely give recipe a go 💕 this 2y
VanChocStrawberry Totally agree about the real deal kind. Even ones made from bisquick are better than those sponge ones!! 2y
JacqMac Yum! I agree, no fake cakes. 2y
Sha0102 Thanks for the explanation. 😋 2y
Yeah_I_Read My friend and I used to make strawberry shortcake from the biscuits at Denny's when we worked there mmmmmm 🤤🤤 2y
TK421 I have always loved this desert. The town that I grew up in still has a huge strawberry festival every June. 2y
peaknit I'm a pie lover, but I also ❤️ strawberry shortcake. Bisquick is good and well...quick! (edited) 2y
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MKbookworm
Strawberry Girl | Lois Lenski
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Loved this one in grade school. Fun fact: the author, Lois Lenski, illustrated the Betsy-Tacy books. #maybookflowers #fruit

EvieBee Great choice! Lovely edition. 2y
MKbookworm @EvieBee84 thanks 🙂it is a school library edition from, I would guess, sometime in the 60s (edited) 2y
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Texreader
Strawberry Girl | Lois Lenski
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I've kept this set of #awardwinners since I was a youngster. My fave? A Wrinkle in Time of course. #booktober

Melwilk Those look familiar. I love A Wrinkle in Time too 😊 3y
missjenniferlowe Oh, I remember that cover! ❤️ 3y
Texreader @Melwilk @missjenniferlowe It's such a great book and a very fun cover. 3y
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Coleen I also had this exact set! 3y
Texreader @Coleen That is so cool!! 3y
missjenniferlowe I've read all of Elizabeth Enright's books about the Melendy family, which were among my favorites as a kid, but never Thimble Summer! 3y
josie281 I have this edition of Wrinkle but I remember this set! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
LeahBergen 💗💗 3y
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KCCOkatey
Strawberry Girl | Lois Lenski
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super quick read. was a nice break from my heavier to read list.