It's strawberry picking time here in Rhode Island!!
If you've been reading here long then you know I like to include a book (or two) in any activity my family does. Strawberry picking is no different.
So far I've found two delightful books about strawberries.
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Hungry Bear written by Don and Audrey Wood. Illustrated by Don Wood. Child's Play, 1984.
The narrator (who we never see) tells a little mouse that a bear will come and eat his juicy red strawberry. The little mouse does all he can to keep his strawberry safe - even using Groucho Marx glasses as a disguise.
This book is officially my FAVORITE strawberry book! I sat on the couch with 3 of my 4 children and we read it together. Or rather, we giggled and laughed our way through the book. Though the story is very cute, what really makes this book are the illustrations. The little mouse doesn't speak words but his body language makes his thoughts VERY clear.
what THEY think the bear looks like.
The other strawberry book I found is completely different but also charming.
Molly and the Strawberry Day by Pam Conrad. Illustrated by Mary Szilagyi. HarperCollins Publishers, 1994.
Molly and the Strawberry Day is exactly what this book is about. Molly goes strawberry picking with her parents early one morning. Her dad predicts they will soon have "strawberries coming out of their ears." We follow Molly through the rest of her day as she uses the strawberries they picked that morning.
I have no plans to make jam from our strawberries or a facial for myself but reading about all the different ways Molly uses strawberries is fun. Except for her baloney-and-strawberry sandwich. I think I could do without that. Ewww!
Whether you are picking strawberries at a farm or just bringing them home from the store, I recommend you pick up copies of these books and enjoy a bowl of fresh strawberries soon!
Have you read these books? Do you having any strawberry book recommendations?