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The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story

by Joseph Bruchac

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From a Native American storyteller comes retelling of a Cherokee legend, which tells of how strawberries came to be. This gentle retelling displays Cherokee's belief in the sun's healing power and reminds all readers to speak kindly to one another. I have not really read a lot of Native American literature before but after reading this story I would love to find more. The illustrations were gentle and story is captivating. I loved the message this story told of being careful what you say. It's a great story about being kind to the people around you. ( )
  Smorri23 | Apr 17, 2016 |
A great tale about how strawberries came to the earth.
  SavannahRussell | Mar 13, 2016 |
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 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.
  kellyknight01 | Mar 11, 2016 |
When the world was new, the creator made a man and woman. They were man and wife and they worked together to survive and thrive. Although they loved each other very much, one day they got into a fight that devastated the wife. She left him and decided she was going to go on with life without him. The man realized he needed to fix things with her but it was too late, the wife was gone. He took to the sun for support and the sun lead the wife to some strawberries. When the wife stopped to pick strawberries she realized that she was no longer angry and could not wait to get home to her husband to show him the new discovery. Because she was stopped for so long the husband caught up with her and they made peace. Even to this day, when Cherokee Indians indulge in strawberries they are reminded to always be kind and forgive others. Every Native American folklore I have read I have absolutely loved. They have great morals that any age group can learn from. It is true, holding grudges and not forgiving others will hold us back and make us bitter. Forgiving and always being kind will only make your hearts happier. This story is true to the Native American culture. The man asked nature to guide him and it is nature that brought them back together again. ( )
  Jmreed1 | Feb 15, 2016 |
I like the artwork done in watercolor and colored pencil. It makes the story feel soft.
  JenniferNapoleon | Feb 12, 2016 |
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For my Tsalagi friends and teachers-Wado! J.B.
To Roland A.V.
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Long ago when the world was new, the Creator made a man and a woman.
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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 the simple, lyrical text. ?Complete harmony of text and pictures: altogether lovely.? -- Kirkus Reviews, pointer review Joseph Bruchac is an award-winning storyteller whose books for children include Eagle Song, Children of the Longhouse, and Arrow to the Sun (all Dial). He lives in Greenfield Center, New York. Anna Vojtech lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

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

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