Cover art for Lois Lenski's Strawberry Girl, with the Newberry Medal insignia on the bottom right corner.
In this handwritten letter, a young girl from Brooklyn, NY tells Lenski how much she enjoyed Strawberry Girl and Puritan Adventure. This is one of many fan letters Lenski received from children.
"Dear Miss Lenski,
I think your books that I have read so far are simpley wonderful! They are, Strawberry Girl and Puritan Adventure. Just this minute I finished reading Puritan Adventure. I hope very much to read Bayou Suzette. I hope it is as wonderful and exciting as the other two books read.
Sincerely, Betsy Frost"
This is a handwritten letter from a Strawberry Girl Fan on decorated stationary.
Handwritten Fan Letters from Stawberry Girl fans to Lois Lenski.
In this handwritten letter, a little boy tells Lois Lenski about his drawings inspired by Strawberry Girl. This is one of many fan letters Lenski received from children.
"Dear Miss Lenski,
When Miss Schott began to read 'Strawberry Girl' I decided to draw a picture about it. I liked the first one so much I drew some pictures. Miss Schott said that we could make a book out of them. We decided to send it to you. I hope you like it.
Handwritten excerpt of Chapter 14 from Strawberry Girl detailing Lois Lenki's writing process.
This is the original illustration for page 39 of Strawberry Girl, showing the Boyer family. The illustration is dated 1945.
In this typed letter, a young girl from New Jersey expresses how much she liked the book Strawberry Girl and wishes she had an autograph copy. This is one of many fan letters Lenski received from children.
Here is a full-page, detailed sketch that Lenski intended to use in Chapter 9 of Strawberry Girl. We see Birdie and her family working in the fields picking and greeting a male over the fence with a group of dogs around him. In the background we see trees and a house. This sketch shows what Lenski's final sketches looked like.
This collection focuses on Lois Lenski's award-winning book - Strawberry Girl. The Strawberry Girl collection highlights research Lenski undertook before writing the book, methods of the illustrations, and fan letters.
Lois Lenski published Strawberry Girl in 1945. It won the 1946 Newberry Award. It was set in Florida. The book tells the story of Birdie Boyer and her family, who establishd a strawberry farm. Throughout the book, the family has to learn to deal with their quarrels with their neighbors, the Slatters.