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Blueberries for Sal (Viking Kestrel picture books) Hardcover – September 17, 1948
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Blueberries for Sal--with its gentle animals, funny noises, and youthful spirit of adventure--is perfect for reading aloud. The endearing illustrations, rendered in dark, blueberry-stain blue, will leave you craving a fresh pail of your own. (Picture book) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The adventures of a little girl and a baby bear while hunting for blueberries with their mothers one bright summer day. All the color and flavor of the sea and pine-covered Maine countryside."
-School Library Journal, starred review.
A Fuse8 Top 100 Picture Book title
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Soon, Little Sal stumbles onto following mother bear and Little Bear is following Sal's mother. Eventually, the mothers discover the mistake, back away in shyness from the other's child, and look for their own offspring. Along the way, the children run into bird mothers and their families as well. Everyone goes home with the correct mother, and the last drawing has Little Sal with her mother in an old-fashioned kitchen with a wood stove working on the preserves.
The story is gently and beautifully told, and wonderfully complemented by the illustrations (also drawn by Mr. McClosky).
It is a good introduction for children to the way that all human and animal families work, the need to prepare for the future, and that one has to pay attention to where one is going. It will also interest them in blueberry picking, which is a wonderful family occupation. It is also very heart-warming the way Mr. McClosky has taken the potential fright out of a situation where a child has wandered off and run into a mother bear. The child can draw her or his own lesson that they would not want that to happen to them, rather than having the story provide terror.
Mr. McClosky has expressed a benign but significant role to nature that will serve families well.Read more ›
In a deftly portrayed switch, McCloskey shows the Little Bear following Little Sal's mom, and Little Sal following the Little Bear's mom. The two lost children are unafraid of following the mismatched grown-ups (ok, so McCloskey takes some liberties in this very light book). Eventually the two moms turn around and see who is following: Little Bear's mother discovers Sal and turns away: ("She was old enough to be shy of people, even a very small person like Little Sal.") Meanwhile, Little Sal's mom discovers Little Bear, and the mother back away: ("She was old enough to be shy of bears, even very small bears like Little Bear.") Each pair reunites and returns home, with an adventure and berries to savor over the winter.
McCloskey's deep blue-black drawings complement the appealing symmetry and innocence of the book, and the period furnishings, uncluttered landscape, and fashions add to the book's sentimental and enduring attraction. This is a very good bedtime story for little ones who can appreciate an affectionate and tender book.
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One of my mother's all time favorite children's books. Now she reads it to my baby girl and the nostalgia kicks in... the feels guys... the feels. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Cpt. Blitz
Such an old classic and one that never gets old. I bought it for my oldest daughter who is 5 for Christmas and she loves it as much as I did when I was her age.Published 10 days ago by worldsokayestmama
My daughter and I both love this story. She held her breath the first time I read it because of the suspense.Published 13 days ago by Lia Salib
I think I've done well by my kids (and now, grand-kids) to expose them to classic books like this one.Published 14 days ago by John R. Janovyak, Jr.
My grown daughter remembers this book from her childhood and wanted a copy for her young son.Published 15 days ago by Sunflower Susie
My kids, ages 2 and 4, don't love this one, which surprised me because they love blueberries. I used this for homeschooling, but unlike other books, they weren't as enthusiastic... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Being More
a classic for a young child. too long for my 2.5 yo grandson, but i expect to be able to read it with him in full in another year. Read morePublished 18 days ago by J. Klugman