The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac
A Cherokee Story

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A captivating Cherokee folktale retelling the creation of strawberries. Luminous watercolors capture the simplicity of the story.
 

About Joseph Bruchac

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JOSEPH BRUCHAC is a poet, storyteller, and author of more thJOSEPH BRUCHAC is a poet, storyteller, and author of more than sixty books for children and adults who has received manyan sixty books for children and adults who has received many literary honors, including the American Book Award and the literary honors, including the American Book Award and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. He is of Abenaki and Slovak hePEN Syndicated Fiction Award. He is of Abenaki and Slovak heritage, and lives in Greenfield Center, New York. ritage, and lives in Greenfield Center, New York. Anna Vojtech has illustrated numerous books for children, mostly folktales and stories about nature. Nature has always been a strong source of inspiration for Anna. Her pictures are full of flowers and animals, of giraffes and elephants, of little birds and chipmunks. Folktales are also about people, their nature and their spirit. Her illustrations have brought readers closer to the stories and traditions of their countries. Anna grew up in Prague, Czechoslovakia, what is now the Czech Republic. "Prague was a magical place to grow up. We were surrounded by beauty, mystery, history and by nature." She studied art and toy design at the School of Applied Arts and animation film and graphics at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. Later she attended the Royal Academy in Antwerp, Belgium and the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany where she met her German-American husband. Since 1982 she has lived on Cape Ann, Massachusetts with her husband and their two sons.
 
Published September 6, 1993 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A gentle story of the Sun's healing of marital discord by a gift of ripe strawberries that magically grow at the feet of an angry woman as she flees her husband's harsh words, thus halting her departure long enough for him to catch up and make amends.

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This legend explains the origins of strawberries, grown by the sun to help the first man and woman patch a quarrel.

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