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The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story

by Joseph Bruchac

Other authors: Anna Vojtech (Illustrator)

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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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This is a Cherokee Legend about how strawberries first came to be. In this story the man and the woman argue. WIth the help of the Sun, they learn lessons of kindess and respect. This book has beautiful illustrations that will draw young children in. The text is simple for even the youngest readers to enjoy this legend.
  dashton | Jan 23, 2024 |
This story is incredibly beautiful and has a great example on respect and patience. In this book the husband and wife have an argument and he says some harsh thing to her- she then decides to leave and head west because she was not going to be disrespected. Throughout her travels she is missing her husband and he is extremely resentful of the things he said to her as well. He gets an idea to lure in his wife again and he has strawberries and all different berries- she take a moment to pick them and her husband finally catches up to her. ( )
  Abby_Natalia_Parra | Apr 23, 2023 |
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 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.
  BibliLakayAyizan | Apr 21, 2022 |
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 quarreled. 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.
  wichitafriendsschool | Nov 8, 2020 |
The Cherokee legend has it that the Creator made man and woman at the same time, and they lived happily together for a long time. However, one day the man spoke harshly to the woman out of anger, so she left, walking towards the west. The man tried to catch up, but she was too quick. The sun took pity on him and shone down to create all different kinds of berries, in an effort to get the woman to stop and pick them. After raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, the sun grew strawberries right in front of the woman's feet. They were so bright and beautiful that she stopped and bit into one. The sweetness reminded her of all the good times she had with her husband, and she knew she wanted to share them with him. As she was picking strawberries to share, her husband caught up and apologized for his angry words. They enjoy the sweet strawberries together. Cherokee people remember this story when they eat strawberries and are reminded to use kind words that are as sweet as strawberries with one another.

This folktale is so sweet. I think this is a great choice to read to children, as it shares Native American culture and also reminds children to use kind words. The man uses harsh words, and the woman acts rashly in leaving. Both of these things are something we want to teach children to avoid, so this book is an excellent choice in teaching these morals. They are also reminded of the tale each time they eat strawberries, which is a great reminder for them to be kind. ( )
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