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Library : Book Reviews > Sweet Strawberries

Sweet Strawberries
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Review by: Lori Plach

     Smile and the world smiles with you. Life is what you make it in this book by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor which is high on sweetness and meaning.
     A gentleman and his wife take some fish to market one particular Saturday. He becomes irritated by everyone that they meet. A young maiden is crossing the road with her geese. She does not seem to be going fast enough to suit the man. When they arrive at the city gate, the young lad who tends the gate has fallen asleep. He shows him no patience. His day only gets worse when someone else parks his wagon in the same spot where he usually parks. He gets short with the old flour peddler with very poor eyesight who he accuses of cheating him. On each occasion, his wife tries to make her husband understand that he is being unfair. She longs for some sweet strawberries but is disappointed. Her husband tells her that such an item is a waste of money. She has had enough of him and refuses to talk to him on the way home. No matter what the husband tries doing, his wife gives him the cold shoulder. He tries singing to the birds and his horse. He even tries to do a humorous dance but his wife is unmoved. 
     The following Saturday, it is as if the man is a totally changed person. He is friendly to everyone that he meets. He even trades his fish for a basket full of sweet strawberries, which they enjoy right on the spot. He comments to his wife on how everyone else has changed so in only a week. It wasn't the people who changed that much but his attitude to others which made all the difference.
     By taking in "Sweet Strawberries", you will indulge in a very sweet story of acceptance of others and how a positive attitude can make the world seem like a brighter place.

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