Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Strawberry Picks!

It's finally here. The short lived and highly anticipated u-pick strawberry season. My favorite early-summer activity ever since I was a child and lost one of my moccasins on a berry picking (or more precisely, eating!) excursion. In anticipation of this year's upcoming trip, I offer a compilation of all things strawberry.

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  • The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family
  • If all the strawberries produced in California, in one year, were laid berry to berry, they'd wrap around the world 15 times.
  • Strawberries are believed to have been cultivated in ancient Rome, in the 12th Century BC
  • A French noblewoman at the time of Napoleon, Madame Tallien, used to bathe regularly in strawberry juice.


The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, by Audrey Woods (0-4)
The delightfully amusing story of a little mouse who would do anything to protect his precious strawberry, and the big hungry bear who will go to lengths for a taste!

Jamberry, by Bruce Degen (3-6)
A boy and his bear go on a rhyming adventure through the land of berries where strawberry ponies abound, and elephants skate on raspberry jam.

Jam and Jelly by Holly and Nellie,
by Gloria Whelan (5-10)
A young girl and her mother make jam in order to save for a coat to warm the winter commute to school.

Molly and the Strawberry Day, by Pamela Conrad (4-7)
A little girls comes up with some very creative uses for the abundance of strawberries she brings home from the fields.

  • Make strawberry jam, strawberry shortcake, strawberry rhubarb pie, or chocolate dipped strawberries.
  • Plant your own strawberries in a garden, pot, or window basket. Or, use the prepackages kits sold in stores.
  • Draw a gigantic strawberry using paints, watercolors, or markers. Then, look through magazine ads to find a pair of glasses for your strawberry to wear - just like the one from "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the The Big Hungry Bear."

You are now ready to take advantage of the fleeting u-pick strawberry season, armed with stories, fun facts and activities.  And remember, be sure to select shoes that fit firmly on your feet!


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