Book of the Week: Blueberries for Sal

August 2, 2007

It’s too easy to fall in love with Blueberries for Sal. Everything about it is endearing and captivating. We hadn’t read it for awhile, but we were eating blueberries the other day and I asked my kids if they remembered the story — Oh boy did they! They practically recited the book. The basic story: Mother bear and baby bear are eating blueberries to get ready for their long winter’s hibernation. Sal and her Mother are gathering blueberries to preserve for their own long winter. They meet on Blueberry Hill.

Robert McCloskey is a genius. He writes simple, sweet stories and creates amazing illustrations. This book is worth adding to your library just for the drawings on the end papers. My oldest, Ralph describes the artwork as “popping of the page”. First published in 1948, it’s still an ideal read aloud.

Find it here.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chelsea August 2, 2007 at 11:59 am

This was one of my favorites, growing up.


2 AlisonM August 2, 2007 at 1:35 pm

I love this book. My grandparents lived in Maine, so this was a staple of my childhood.


3 liz August 2, 2007 at 3:14 pm

This book is a must-have, as is Make Way for Ducklings. Love the classics.


4 amber August 3, 2007 at 12:30 am

Thanks for the reminder, I’m always on the hunt for a good-night book!


5 Good + Happy Day... August 3, 2007 at 5:48 am

We just discovered this book this summer and love it… my daughter loves blueberries and can totally relate to Sal!

I love your blog!


6 Jenny August 3, 2007 at 8:38 am

We love this book at our house, my mother just sent another copy. I love reading to my children. Great Book!


7 Amanda Conley August 3, 2007 at 9:16 am

I remember this book from my childhood. I’ll have to get a copy to read to my children. Thanks for reminding me of it!


8 laurie August 3, 2007 at 9:43 am

absolutely one of my favorites. from my childhood, and now with my own kids. the drawings are spectacular.


9 Lucky Designs August 3, 2007 at 12:26 pm

I love this book! My mom used to read it to me all the time.


10 Missy August 5, 2007 at 4:49 pm

This is one of my daughters’ favorites – but dont’ forget to check out McCloskey’s other classic – Make Way for Ducklings!


11 Sally Cage July 13, 2011 at 5:34 am

I love the look/sound of this book – and my name is Sal! Will have to check it out :)


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