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Blueberries for Sal Paperback – September 30, 1976
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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)
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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If you're a parent and you've ever set out on this task, it's not an easy one. Most books targeted for toddlers are very watered down. My oldest was ready for something with a bit more plot without taking away the pictures. That's truly hard to find. As a former reading teacher, I want to embed in him a love for story prior to school, and this book delivers! It's probably not for your first bedtime stories with a young baby, but it's great for the next step. The story is cute. The words are a little more intensive on the page, but my not quite 2 year old can still grasp it. Be forewarned, your child may want to start eating more blueberries, but if that's not a problem, get this book. It's worth the price, and in the short time we've had it, I've already decided it will become a keepsake as they grow.
It's also one of the books featured in "Before Five in a Row" - a great book that takes you and your little ones through classic books and suggested educational activities pertaining to the stories.
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It establishes that the animals also depend on the same resources as humans do and that we need to share the earth.
Beautifully portrayed is the innocent fearlessness of young ones - both Sal and the Little Bear.
The monochrome illustrations are very detailed and heart melting!
I love reading it to children from about age 3 to 9 but any age will appreciate the parallel story
as it alternates between showing a young child and her mother and a mama bear and her baby bear
as each teaches their youngster how to pick blueberries resulting in their chance encounter with each other.
It so clearly shows the innocence of all baby animals and the shining love of the mother for her baby...
a love shared and understood by all species of mother as they try to keep their child safe.
The book has gentle drama and intrigue. There is a reason the book is a classic
having been written in the 1940's and still loved. The pictures show amazing close ups and
distant scenes that make you wish to be an artist.