Blueberries for Sal

Robert McCloskey

Hardbound, large format, with dust jacket.


Blueberries for Sal is one of my all-time favorite children’s books.  We read it when our children were young so many times that I had to repair the binding to hold the pages together.  There’s not a much better fate than that for a book, falling apart from so much love.

Out in the rural countryside, Mother and Sal go to Blueberry Hill to gather blueberries to can for the winter.  Sal picks her blueberries and drops them one by one, kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk, into her small tin pail.  She wanders off, picking and eating more than a bit of what she picks and comes upon a mama bear who is also gathering berries to prepare for the coming winter.  Meanwhile, Sal’s mother happens upon a little bear, eating along the berry bushes.  One does wonder, will the mothers take the right child home?

Of course, in this warm and wonderful story, everyone finds who they are looking for and both parents and their children head to their homes, filled with blueberries and love.  The sweet pictures carry this warmth on every page.

Unbeatable for ages 4 and up.

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