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Blueberries for Sal Paperback – September 30, 1976
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Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk go the blueberries into the pail of a little girl named Sal who--try as she might--just can't seem to pick as fast as she eats. Robert McCloskey's classic is a magical tale of the irrepressible curiosity--not to mention appetite--of youth. Sal and her mother set off in search of blueberries for the winter at the same time as a mother bear and her cub. A quiet comedy of errors ensues when the young ones wander off and absentmindedly trail the wrong mothers.
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)
Winner of A Caldecott Honor
A Fuse8 Top 100 Picture Book 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.
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As a teacher, I would gladly share this book with a group of younger children. I believe that this is something that any kindergarten or first grader would really enjoy. This story shows how mother and child interact with one another as humans, but also as animals, such as the bears, partridges, and crows. All of the `little' animals and Sal are eating the berries instead of contributing to the collection of berries that are being saved for winter, and I found this very entertaining. No matter how many times Little Sal's mother told her she had to save the berries she continued to do what she wasn't supposed to do, and eat them. Little Sal seems to be acting much like Little Bear when eating the berries and I found this very humorous. I would read this book to my students not only because I believe that it is a good source of entertainment, but also because it can send across a message that children shouldn't stray from their parents either!
I definitely think that this is a book that can be considered good literature. Not only did Blueberries for Sal win an award as a Caldecott Honor Book, but also it is a book of good humor and a type of suspense. There is a character that readers can relate to, she has a problem, and then she figures out how to solve it. In reading this, I imagine that children would spend their time wondering if Little Sal and Little Bear were ever going to find their mothers. This is a book that as a teacher, you could definitely have the children predict what they believe will happen to not only Little Sal and Little Bear, but also what will happen with all the blueberries and if they will end up gathering enough for winter. This is a book that I believe children would thoroughly enjoy and I think that McCloskey has provided children with a very entertaining story that has a happy ending. Personally, I know that I was very happy to see that Little Sal and her mother had managed to reunite and also pick enough blueberries to can and store for winter!