About This Book:
Jolie LOVES strawberries – and she’s on an unstoppable (and hilarious) mission to grow her own food from seedling to table in this colorful introduction to the joy of growing the popular perennial.
Through Jolie’s comical scrapbook-style journal entries, young readers will learn how she convinces the “old people” (aka her parents) to let her grow her own strawberries. Growing strawberries is a lot of work and responsibility, but Jolie is ready with the help of her faithful rabbit Munchy! Together they find out just how delicious, rewarding, and sometimes complicated it can be to grow your own food.
Creating a garden calendar and notebook, how strawberries grow, what pests to look out for in a garden, why ladybugs are helpful, and how a good gardener takes care of strawberry plants are all explained in this fun and educational story. Informational backmatter includes tips on growing strawberries, an explanation of integrated pest management for greener, safer gardening – and even tips for how to find a pick your own strawberry patch near you.
This story makes a great read before a family trip to a strawberry patch, a garden store, or in a classroom talking about healthy eating and growing your own food.
*Review Contributed by Bethany Wicker, Staff Reviewer*
Cute, Journal Style Read
Jolie absolutely loves strawberries so much that she gets the idea to grow some in her garden. But her parents don’t have the money for it and want Jolie to be more responsible before taking that task on. To prove herself, she sells lemonade to try to raise enough money and takes on chores around that house she can complete. All the while she’s attempting to prove to her parents that she’s old enough to grow strawberries.
Told in journal entries and dialogue, I LOVE STRAWBERRIES is a story full of humor that teaches children all about being responsible. As Jolie quickly learns, it isn’t easy to grow strawberries. When she finally earns the privilege and starts growing them, she has to protect her fruit from things like birds and worms.
The illustrations are vibrant and fun and the silliness made my daughter smile. Jolie is a relatable character and the journal entry style of writing appeals to my daughter more than other styles so I’d love to see more like this.
Final Verdict: I LOVE STRAWBERRIES is prefect for children who love gardening and for parents who want to teach the children the importance of responsibility. My daughter and I both enjoyed this story which is always a plus.