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Activities for the Reading Club's Featured Books

Our featured selections are award-winning books that are obtainable in print from libraries and bookstores, and are also available in alternate formats (electronic or braille). Grade levels are approximate.



Strawberry Girl

By Lois Lenski

1945. HarperTrophy, New York


Available in braille from the following sources:

1. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Free loan to registered users; also available from Web-braille as a contracted braille digital file. Users must register with their cooperating library.
http://www.loc.gov/nls/braille
1-800-424-8567




Related Web Sites

• Lois Lenski Web Sites - This site lists other Lois Lenski sites that have "substantial" content. Included are those sites that provide information of value to any student or scholar of Lois Lenski as an individual or author.
• Strawberry to Winter: The Strawberry Schools of Plant City, Florida - A 2005 article by Robert Warren, originally published in Florida Monthly Magazine, about "strawberry schools," rural institutions operating on an annual schedule coinciding with the winter strawberry harvest.
• Reaching out to Minority Farmers with Disabilities - Learn more about a research project on farmers with disabilities.
• Farmers With Disabilities Get Help From Agrability (Farmability) - The AgrAbility Project assists agricultural and agribusiness workers who have physical and mental disabilities.


Activities:

1. Visit AFB CareerConnect to Contact Farmers who are Visually Impaired
Check out AFB CareerConnect® to learn about individuals who are blind or visually impaired and have chosen to farm. For some it is a way to make a living; for others it may be a secondary job. Click here to connect with these farmers via e-mail or phone. (Be sure to first register for free as a CareerConnect user!)

2. Discuss the Vocabulary
Discuss differences in language and word usage in the book and how regional dialects and various terms come into and out of use. Identify the meaning of "Florida crackers," "hogses," "palmetto," and other terms from the book which may be unfamiliar to readers.

3. Visit a Farm
Visit a farm (especially if you live near a strawberry farm) to learn more about how the crops are grown and harvested in modern times.





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