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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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For some reason I find this book annoying. I hope my daughter likes it but honestly wouldn't be disappointed if I never had to read it again.Published 9 days ago by Andrew
This arrived in perfect condition. It's a lovely story with beautiful illustrations. I am currently reading it regularly with my 3-year-old daughter and will be using it in my... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kristi
My preschooler loves this book. It has some great life lessons in it. It also helps her understand what's going on when I'm working on my Blueberry bushes and doing my canning.Published 14 days ago by mel a
As a native Mainer, I grew up with this book. It is absolutely enchanting. A must read for all children.Published 25 days ago by kcamazon
A little old for my grandsons right now, but building a library for when they are older is great!Published 1 month ago by Debra M.
Our kids love this story, especially the kaplink-kaplank-kaplunk part!Published 1 month ago by SeaBreeze