What are some popular children's books about Florida?


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Some popular children���s books about Florida are ���The Yearling��� by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, ���Strawberry Girl��� by Lois Lenski, and ���The Wahoo Bobcat��� by Joseph Lippincott. More contemporary titles include ���Turtle in Paradise��� by Jennifer L. Holm, and Carl Hiasssen���s ���Scat��� and ���Hoot.���

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Considered a classic in Florida children���s literature, ���The Yearling��� (1938) by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is set in Depression-era, rural north Florida. A coming-of-age story about Jody, a young boy from a subsistence-farming family, ���The Yearling��� examines childhood sacrifice.

Based on research she gathered from Florida Crackers, Lois Lenski���s 1945 novel ���Strawberry Girl��� ��� winner of a Newbery Award ��� is set in central Florida, a realistic story about Cracker folk ways. Birdie Boyer, whose family farms strawberries, befriends Shoestring Slater, whose pet pony tramples the Boyer���s crop. Published in 1950, ���The Wahoo Bobcat��� by naturalist Joseph Lippincott tells the adventures of a 9-year-old boy who befriends a bobcat on a water prairie in central Florida.

Jennifer L. Holm���s novel ���Turtle in Paradise��� (2010) is about a girl named Turtle sent to live in Key West when her mother finds work. Set during the Great Depression, ���Turtle in Paradise��� is a Newbery Honor book. Florida writer Carl Hiassen���s buddy stories ���Hoot��� (2005) ��� friends bent on saving a family of burrowing owls ��� and ���Scat��� (2012) ��� classmates searching for their missing biology teacher ��� are set in Coconut Grove and the Everglades, respectively.

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