Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal

by Robert McCloskey

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Caldecott Honor Book

What happens when Sal and her mother meet a mother bear and her cub? A beloved classic is born!

Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk! Sal and her mother a picking blueberries to can for the winter. But when Sal wanders to the other side of Blueberry Hill, she discovers a mama bear preparing for her own long winter.  Meanwhile Sal's mother is being followed by a small bear with a big appetite for berries! Will each mother go home with the right little one?

With its expressive line drawings and charming story, Blueberries for Sal has won readers' hearts since its first publication in 1948. This book-and-audio edition features the Puffin paperback picture book edition of Blueberries for Sal accompanied by a compact disc that features a lively, professional reading of the story. Perfect for road trips or bedtime reading, story time, preschool, or home school, Puffin Storytime will please children and parents alike.

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142416433
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/24/2010
Pages: 15
Product dimensions: 9.38(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) wrote and illustrated some of the most honored and enduring children's books ever published. He grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and spent time in Boston, New York, and ultimately Maine, where he and his wife raised their two daughters. The first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner, for Make Way for Ducklings and Time of Wonder, McCloskey was also awarded Caldecott Honors for Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Journey Cake, Ho! by Ruth Sawyer.  He was declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000.  You can see some of his best-loved characters immortalized as statues in Boston's Public Garden and Lentil Park in Hamilton, Ohio.

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Winner of A Caldecott Honor

"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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Blueberries for Sal 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blueberries for Sal preserves a distinct sence of life when tin pails and woodsmoke, bobby pins and rambling dirt roads were routine. At the same time it is a timeless portrayal of curiousity and maternal instinct as Sal and her mother find themselves sharing their berry patch with a hungry bear cub and its mother. The words flow in a natural rhythm, creating patterns that build anticipation. This is a gentle story that is a joy to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'We must can blueberries for winter!', Mom said. In this cute book, 'Blueberries for Sal', by Robert McCloskey, a girl named Sal goes blueberry picking and meets someone...a little bear! And there's another surprise, the mama bear and mom meet! Nothing happens to mom and nothing happens to the bears. Then Sal meets her mom, so does little bear. Everything goes back to normal. I recommend this book to everyone! It's a really fun book! The illustrations are wonderful. Please read this book!
SuperReaderMom More than 1 year ago
A sweet classic that everyone should read to their children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I also remember picking blueberries, strawberries and raspberries with my mom. This book is so good, so child-like and so interesting in its finale. Old timers like me should re-read this book and get a kick about a girl called Sal, her mom, a bear cub and the bear mom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I quickly became engrossed with this book as a small child. I vividly remember checking it out from the library continuously. The alliteration and onomatopoeia are especially pleasing to little ones. It will work its way into your heart too! Highly recommended! Ker-plink ker-plank ker-plunk!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blueberries for Sal, is about a little girl named Sal and her mother, who go to Blueberry Hill to pick berries for canning. Sal has a hard time keeping any berries in her bucket because she enjoys eating them so much! At one point, Sal puts her little hand into her mother¿s bucket and grabs a handful of berries. ¿Now Sal, you run along and pick your own berries. Mother wants to take her berries home and can them for the winter.¿ Sal gets tired, so she sits down amongst the blueberries and eats, and eats, and eats. Once Sal has had her fill of blueberries, she sets out to look for her mother, but you¿ll never believe what she finds instead! This book is full of lovely illustrations and a sure pleaser.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mom used to read this book to my sister and me all the time. We loved the sound the blueberries made as they hit the bottom of the bucket. I loved this book so much that I even named my stuffed bear Blueberry (Blue for short).
Guest More than 1 year ago
My teacher read this book to me in kindergarden. We were learning the letter 'B', this is a great book for learning about where you belong, and the world around you! If this wasn't a good book I would have never remembered the name this long!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first checked this book out from the library for my 2 year old and 5 year old and am now in the process of buying one so we can read it any time. It is about Sal and her mother going berry picking and a mother bear out berry picking with her cub at the same time. Both 'kids' wander off and wind up finding the other one's mom and things have to be sorted out from there. Adventurous and not scary at all with large sketch type illustrations on every page. A delightful book that will hold their interest to the end. Not too long and not too short, just right!
ampitcher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A childhood favorite! I loved reading about this little girl and her mom picking blueberries
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books from childhood! The line-drawing illustrations are simultaneously homely and adorable. Little Sal has the sweetest little smushed up face; she looks so much more realistic to my eyes than most toddlers in picture books. This may be one of the only cases that a limited color palatte in a picture book doesn't bother me. Instead it enhances or perhaps simply complements the text - since the story is about blueberries and has bears as characters, the dark blue/black coloring of the line drawings suits the story eminently.I love the parallel storylines of Little Sal and Little Bear. I remember really relating to the story as a kid; I remember being shocked that I had accidentally followed some other lady (not my mother) out of a store! I liked the "kuplunk"s and "kuplink"s and the tin can and the sweetness of the story and the love of blueberries! I love the whole thing, actually.
uribookworms on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This old favorite about a little girl and her mother and a little bear and his mother getting mixed up with each other while picking blueberries continues to be loved by young children. It also lends itself well to storytelling, especially with props.
poolays on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book. My kids all loved it, 20-25 years ago. The preschoolers I know now love it. Must be good. Its a comforting story of a child and mother, and a baby bear and mother getting mixed up with each other while picking blueberries. the adults are way more worried than the youngsters, and it all turns out fine in the end.
AnneDenney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book about a little girl and her mother who get all mixed up with a mother bear and her cub on Blueberry Hill. "Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk."
jlsherman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story about a little girl and her mother, and a mother bear and her cub out to pick wild blueberries before winter.
stuzle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you grew up in Maine in blueberry country, this book will bring back your summer days so vividly you almost can't stand it! Although we never met up with bears, the scrubby blueberry woods are depicted so well here it's amazing. I always loved the endpapers as a girl, with the cheery detailed scene of a kitchen.
kbuttry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a young girl who goes with her mother to Blueberry Hill to help her pick blueberries to store for the Winter. She keeps eating the blueberries she picks as she drops them into her bucket. Sal and her mother encounter a mother and baby bear while picking blueberries. Sal and the baby bear get mixed up with their mothers during the story, but by the end of the story their mothers find them and all is well.I found this story to be very cute and a little funny. The pictures were illustrated beautifully and I liked how the words and pictures were printed only with blue ink. Also, I thought that the sound the blueberries made when they hit the bottom of Sal's bucket was very entertaining as well.In the classroom, I would have the children write their own short stories. They would pick an object, such as a blueberry, and write a story about it. When the students made the final copy of their story, the illustrations and words would be in the color of the object. For instance, a blueberry is blue so their illustrations and words would all be in blue.
psjones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite books when I was young. I loved to eat blueberries so a whole book about picking them was so much fun to read!
bestwhensimple on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This classic book by Robert McCloskey has been on children's shelves since it was written in 1948. It tells the story of Sal, a little girl who goes blueberry picking with her mother and happens upon a bear on her quest for more blueberries.I love the one color illustrations of this book. It's almost as if the illustrations were tinted with blueberries! Sal's upturned nose is especially endearing. I was also impressed by the skill McCloskey shows by using only one color but giving it a lot of texture (such as in the bears' fur). McCloskey's writing is impressive as well. He uses onomatopoeia (with words such as "kuplink" to make the sound of a blueberry hitting the bottom of a pail) to bring his readers into Sal's world. I also love how he makes a direct comparison between Sal and Little Bear, who are both blueberry-lovers and get separated from their mothers, by going back and forth between each of their stories and using parallel structure. It's amazing! Children will love this book for years to come.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a simple book of a Little Sal, and Little Sal's mother, and Little Bear, and Little Bear's mother, who get mixed up with each other on Blueberry Hill.It's very realistically written and illustrated, and the exciting part isn't too scary for little ones. I will note that it's a bit long - maybe better for kids with longer attention spans than shorter ones. If they're as young as Little Sal is, it might be better to wait a year before reading :)
MsLangdon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part Bb/Picture Book plus Audio CDMcCloskey, R. (1948). Blueberries for Sal. New York: Puffin Books.Little Sal and her mother go up Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries to can for the winter. Little Sal eats the blueberries just as fast as she picks them. Little Bear and his mother go up Blueberry Hill to fill up on berries to store fat for the winter. He eats his blueberries and struggles to keep up with his mother. Both Little Sal and Little Bear get mixed up while on Blueberry Hill, but their mothers find them soon enough. The audio CD of Blueberries for Sal is read by two people, one female and one male. The two readers introduce themselves, the title of the book, and the author. The female reads the parts of the book that involve Little Sal and the male reads the parts that involve Little Bear. The reading is accompanied by background music and sound affects to enhance the mood of the story. Each reader adds sound affects and changes the tone of his/her voice to adjust for quotations. The reading is clear and entertaining. Ages 3 and up.
gwen.ashworth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
McClosky, Robert. Blueberries for Sal, New York: Viking Press, 1948.Blueberries for Sal won the Caldecott Honor Book in 1949; the book is a picture book and would probably appeal to children Pre-K through second grade. The pictures in the book are in pen and ink. McClosky¿s use of blue ink is appropriate since the title involves blueberries. Personally, I don¿t think the artwork is eye-catching---especially for young modern readers, but the artist does show the expression of surprise in Sal¿s mother¿s face when she turns around and sees a baby bear following her instead of Sal. Young children may be able to tell the story themselves by looking at the pictures. There is a parallel plot involving Sal and her mother picking blueberries, and a mother bear and her baby eating blueberries. Both families are storing up food for the winter in different ways. Sal gets lost while picking blueberries with her mother on blueberry hill and ends up behind the mother bear while the baby bear is following Sal¿s mother. Both mothers¿ are frightened, but the young are not phased by the event. The mothers eventually find their young, and all ends well. The story is told from third-person omniscient point of view, and there is very little dialogue. The characters are not well-developed. Although I would hate to see a young child eaten by a bear, I never felt invested in the characters. I suppose the theme could be obey your mother, or it may be to comfort children showing them when they are lost they can find their way back.
kellyholmes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great, classic picture book.
EllieGiles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sal and her mother travel up a hill to pick blueberries while a bear cub and his mother bear travel up the opposite side of the hill to pick berries as well. The pictures are amazing, and are all created using just one dark blue color.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sal and her mother collect blueberries to can (and eat), while other mothers and their children do the same.