Strawberry Girl written and illustrated by Lois Lenski
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 the excitement of real life in this interesting part of America. Lois Lenski displays a gift for catching the flavor and drama of life of a remote corner of America in this classic book.
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)
Recommended for ages 8 to 12.