It has been many years since I have read "The Strawberry Girl", but I can recall vividly how I lost myself totally in Birdie's new life and adventures. I recommended this book to my daughter when she was in junior school and she read it also. I think I liked the book so well because I could relate to Birdie. I am from the south. I can relate to the "Southern Accent". I can relate to the snake in the story, because the copperhead is a menace to my area. Birdie's hardships were so akin to mine as a young girl. I plan on purchasing this book to hand down to my daughter because it has very warm memories of my childhood. I totally lost track of time when I was reading this book.