The First Strawberries (Picture Puffin Books) (Paperback)

By Joseph Bruchac (Retold by), Anna Vojtech (Illustrator)

Puffin Books, 9780140564099, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 1998



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 this simple, lyrical text.

"Complete harmony of text and pictures: altogether lovely."-- Kirkus Reviews, pointer review

About the Author

Joseph Bruchac ( is a highly acclaimed children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored many books for adults and children including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Skeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website