Blueberries for Sal

by admin on July 29, 2009

Blueberries For Sal

We took our kids blueberry picking about two weeks ago and while we were out in the blueberry patch we thought of this book, Blueberries For Sal. It’s a classic (and even received Caldecott honors) children’s book that was first published in 1948 and written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey. The book centers around a little girl named Sal who goes blueberry picking with her mother.

Sal and her mother become separated and eventually Sal follows the trail of a black bear (thinking it is her mother) and the mother bear’s cub follows Sal’s mother unknowingly. The black bear eventually hears the “plink plank plunk” sound that Sal makes as she drops blueberries into her bucket. Sal’s mother gets a surprise as well when she sees that it isn’t Sal that has been following her, but a little bear cub.

Both mothers are reunited with their children to the delight of all. It’s a wonderful little story and I absolutely LOVE the illustrations. Just one simple color for the illustrations – blue, of course. Children’s books like this one just prove that you don’t have to be gimmicky (like a lot of the current children’s books) to create a quality book. Just have an interesting story and simple (yet wonderful) illustrations.

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