I LOVE Strawberries
by Shannon Anderson; illus. by Jaclyn Sinquett
32 pages; ages 4-8
Feeding Minds Press, 2022
theme: gardening, responsibility
“Mom, can I grow strawberries of my very own?”
Jolie loves strawberries so much that she would eat them every day if she could. Her solution: grow her own. But that’s a lot of work, and mom and dad think she should wait until she’s older to tackle such a venture. So Jolie sets out on a mission: to show her parents that she is able to take on the responsibilities of a berry grower. She starts by cleaning her rabbit’s cage. Then she devises other ways to demonstrate that she is “old enough” to grow strawberries.
What I like about this book: I like the scrapbook-like entries Jolie puts in her journal. And I love how she sets herself specific missions to show her parents what she can do on her own. And what she does when she finally gets to plant her very own strawberries. Of course there’s a dose of reality: bird attacks, insects, too many berries (seriously, Jolie? too many?)
And I like the backmatter: tips on growing strawberries, some explanation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and some tips for locating U-pick berry farms. Plus there are links to educational activities and videos.
Beyond the Books:
Make strawberry ink. If you’ve eaten all your strawberries, you can use other berries to make ink. Here’s how.
Plant a strawberry seed, or a couple hundred. Here’s how.
Visit a U-Pick berry farm and pick your own strawberries! Then eat them!
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