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Blueberries for Sal

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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 smal
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published September 17th 1948 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Mar 30, 2015 TL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TL by: Itunes recommendation after downloading SnowQueen
The reason I picked this one? Partly for my niece and partly because of:

Our neighbors Helen and Mike (second grandparents really) had five blueberry bushes while we were growing up. Sometimes we would pick blueberries with them and sometimes we get a bowlful after Helen had given her family their share. To this day, they are still my favorite fruit :)

Story: four stars
Narrator: 5 stars

Actual rating 4.5 stars all around <3

A short book but a wonderful and cute story. The narrator does a great jo
Blueberries for Sal

“Blueberries for Sal” is a Caldecott Honor Book by Robert McCloskey that is about how Little Sal and Little Bear wandered off from their mothers and ended up with the other’s mother during a day of blueberry picking. “Blueberries for Sal” is a wonderful book that many children will read for many years to come.

Robert McCloskey has done an amazing job at both writing and illustrating this book. Robert McCloskey makes this story extremely cute as it strongly relates to the typical child mix-up scen
Feb 03, 2009 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
When Sal and her mother go blueberrying, they are both too busy picking (or in Sal's case, eating) to keep an eye on one another. Coincidentally, another mother-and-child duo has the same problem at the same time...
Sep 16, 2013 Laima rated it it was amazing
What a charming book! Written in 1948, Blueberries For Sal has received a Caldecott Honor.

I’m surprised I never read this book as a child or even noticed it at the library when my own children were young.

The story surrounds a young girl named Sal who goes blueberry picking with her mother. At the same time a mother bear and her young cub go blueberry eating to prepare for winter. Babies and mothers meet up unexpectedly.

The adventures of little Sal and the baby bear while hunting for blueberrie
Oct 19, 2007 Mary rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people and animals who like berries
Shelves: childrens, readalouds
First of all, Sal looks like my most vivid memories of my sister when she was that age, so I love her.

Second of all, what's not to love about a story of mistaken identity set in a blueberry patch?

Third...Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk.

'nuff said.

Oh...a nice addition to my unit on using prior knowledge to make predictions and help yourself understand a story. "Boys and girls, what kinds of animals like to eat blueberries?"
Feb 21, 2009 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun story to read, with mirroring tales of the mamas and their babies. I like that it's illustrated in only black and white; the drawings are very vivid. And the story is fun, too, even though that situation in real life might end up being a sad story. Our girls enjoyed it too and it made me hungry for blueberries, yum!

Aug 20, 2015 Vivian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Confession. This is one of my favorite books EV-ER. Read this any time of year, but especially in late summer or early fall, before or after a berry-picking or berry-buying excursion. Anyone who has ever picked berries in the wild will relate to this little larger-than-life adventure.

I treasure all those drives up into the hills of the Targhee National Forest with my mom, aunts, sisters, and cousins where we hiked into the huckleberry patches and heard the ping-ping-ping of berries hitting the
I think I have read this book at least 30 times and I have bought 10 copies of it for friends out of state. It is a must for anyone who has ever, lived in, worked in, visited, had realatives who live here, have a summer home in, or want to retires to the state of Maine. I remember having this as a small child. I still have my original copy. It is now biegy-grey, well worn, loved, and tattered. I cannot part with it. If I could give it 10 stars I would.
It is Maine, it is blueberry picking, it is
Kritika Swarup
Mar 15, 2012 Kritika Swarup rated it really liked it
I remember how I used to sit beside my mother while she would peel the peas out of the pea-pod and place them in a container for cooking and I would peel them off to eat the peas, contributing a few only when she gave me the look :P

Two things make this a great children book:
1) Using symmetry in prose
2) Showing how children are fearless unlike adults
So true! :)
Dec 09, 2008 Lynn rated it it was amazing
We're mixing classics with the wonderful new books these days and this is another favorite of my sons that is also loved by my grandsons. Little Sal and Little Bear mix up their mothers on Blueberry Hill and we loved the plink, plank plunk of the blueberries into the pail.
Evelyn Saenz
Apr 03, 2010 Evelyn Saenz rated it it was amazing
"Kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk" as I was working on a unit study for Blueberries for Sal it stuck me that the words "kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk" all began with the letter K. Now wasn't there another book that had letter K words? Oh, yes, it was Klippity Klopby Ed Emberley

Klippity Klop by Ed Emberley

The letter K was used in each of these books I believe to highlight the fact that these words are not actually considered words but letter sounds that represent a sound heard. kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk are the sounds heard
Jun 09, 2011 Charles rated it it was amazing
Charles Wood
INFO 683 w/ Professor Morris
Resource Review #1

Robert McCloskey, Blueberries for Sal, The Penguin Group, 1948, 50 pages.
Recommended for ages 2 to 6.

The cover illustration for Blueberries for Sal is of a small child sitting in a meadow, eating blueberries. This inviting scene hints at the feelings of peace, serenity and happiness that this book will evoke. And the kids will love it too! What could be better than eating blueberries on a summer day?

This is a realistic, fictional story a
May 27, 2009 Jamie rated it really liked it
I love, love, love children's books. Usually I go for the slightly older variety, but this one was so classic and sweet, I had to include it. I bought One Morning in Maine at the same time.

Set in the 50's, it's obviously one author's love story to his toddler daughter, Sally, who goes blueberry picking with her mother. I love the idea of author's/illustrators children being captured forever at these ages, a la Christopher Robin Milne in the Pooh stories.

My friend, Dawn, and I were looking at the
Nov 29, 2011 Libby rated it it was amazing
This is another story that I read/used for my literature unit project
This is a story of a little girl named Sal, and her mother as they go out into the country to pick blueberries to can for winter. It’s also a story about a little bear and his mother as they go out to eat berries to get full and fat for winter right on the same hill. Throughout the book, the two-mother/child pairs are intertwined with one another. As little Sal is eating blueberries along the way, she gets separated from her mo
Laura Verret
Little Sal and her Mother have traveled to Blueberry Hill to gather blueberries for winter canning. Although mother is dedicated to filling her bucket, Sal is more interested in plumping down and eating berries off all of the bushes surrounding her.

But Sal and her mother aren’t the only hungry beings on Blueberry Hill. Coming up the opposite slope are a mother bear and her baby. When both children are separated from their mothers, will they be able to find them again before they are hurt?

Not onl
Oct 24, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
I confess that sometimes I am nostalgic for a life I never had. The exquisite illustrations of Sal playing with the canning rings while her mother canned blueberries made me want to can with just such a yearning ever since I was a small girl. Now that I have canned for my family, I will say that the feeling of satisfaction I gain from putting up food for the winter is incomparable. But of course, the canning of the blueberries is really a minor side note to an adorable, funny story of mothers an ...more
Stephanie Tara
Apr 06, 2013 Stephanie Tara rated it it was amazing

I'm always drawn to Caldecott's as I know I'm in for a huge treat: and Blueberries for Sal did not disappoint. In fact, it became one of my all-time favorites, inspiring my own writing for children in its marvelous mix-up between human and bear mommies and daughters.

The fact that it was written in 1949 touches me further, for this was a book on my mother's shelf, my father's shelf. Books that span more than 60 years seem to have that stick-to-it magic that cannot be explained. And it's true—cur
Jazzmarie Vedrine
I remember this book and also remember the length of this story. Yes, this book is very long but after reading it, I think it young children can sit through this story with ease because they would want to find out if anything will happen to Little Sal and if Little Bear will find his mother. It is an enjoyable book about a mother and her little girl doing something together and teaching her daughter the importance of natural resources feeding their needs, in their home. Who would have thought th ...more
Michelle Daut
Sep 16, 2012 Michelle Daut rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the idea of the story and how it was not only about Sal and blueberries but Little Bear who was just like Sal. I love when stories intertwine with another story. Sal and Little Bear were having the same adventure when they both got lost and ended up with each others' moms. I loved the black and white pictures that helped develop the story. But I really loved the wording. I felt like the wording was simple but also descriptive. If I closed my eyes I cou ...more
Davis Aujourd'hui
Oct 07, 2009 Davis Aujourd'hui rated it it was amazing
Robert McCloskey is perhaps one of my favorite children's authors. Every one of his books speak of a simpler time when life seemed to be easier. In this book, as in the others, it also shows that life is supposed to be fun and full of adventure.

Little Sal has her own adventure when she goes blueberry picking with her mother. As she's eating blueberries along the way, she becomes separated from her mother. Her separation becomes a true adventure when she encounters a baby bear picking his own blu
Nov 19, 2011 Chinook rated it really liked it
1948: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (The Viking Press)
Caldecott Honor Book
Early Childhood
Little Sal and her mother go blueberry picking at the same time as Little Bear and his mother start eating blueberries in the blueberry patch. Sal eats more blueberries than she picks and wanders away from her mother. Hearing sounds of someone moving through the brush, she follows the sounds and finds Mother Bear. Meanwhile, Little Bear has wandered away from his mother and follows the sounds of so
Sep 22, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 4-8
Recommended to Kim by: Book Review
Blueberries for Sal. By Robert McCloskey. Illustrated by Robert McCloskey. The Viking Press, 1948. 55 pages. ISBN 0-670-17591-9

Sal and his mother go to Blueberry Hill to pick berries for the winter. Sal and his mother encounter more than just berries when he wanders away. The use of repetitive and parallel elements throughout the story create an exciting suspense as the reader waits for events to unfold. The black ink drawings add an element of humour which compliments the story.

This was an enjo
Mar 11, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
McCloskey's use of his pen with blue ink on off-white paper embodies a world of simple printing, syle and interiors that some of us can remember our way back to - I wonder how a young child reading this now processes this very different place. It is a pleasure to roam this Maine island with young Sal, her mother, and the corresponding mother bear and her cub. The joy of blueberry picking for canning (while Sal eats more than she can pick, and the bears eat to get ready for winter) creates a beau ...more
Dec 09, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
This Caldecott award winner, Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey, was one of my chldhood books. I reread it with my daughter and delighted anew in Little Sal's adventure. Little Sal and Little Sal's mother have gone to Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries to can for winter (though Little Sal is more interested in eating than in putting the blueberries into her little tin pail). Little Bear and Little Bear's mother have also gone to Blueberry Hill to eat blueberries to get nice and fat for win ...more
Oct 30, 2011 shranicky rated it really liked it
This classic picture book by Robert McCloskey is a story of a little girl, Sal, and her mom as they go and pick blueberries to store for the winter. Sal has a problem of eating the berries as she’s putting them in her pail. They encounter a mother bear and her cub who are also picking blueberries but soon , Sal is trailing the mother bear and the cub is trailing Sal’s mother. Eventually, the mothers discover the mistake and look for their own child. Everyone ends up going home with the correct m ...more
Patti Richards
Nov 05, 2011 Patti Richards rated it it was amazing
When I traveled to Maine a few years back with my family to watch whales, walk mountain paths, eat the best clam chowder in the world and see puffins nesting on rocky shores, I felt right away I'd been there before; and all because of a much-loved picture book, "Blueberries for Sal," by Robert McCloskey. This book has every magical thing a picture book should, as young Sal goes blueberry picking with her mother and meets another young blueberry picker like herself, yet very different. You've pro ...more
Sarah Sammis
Mar 08, 2013 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey is one of those classics I some how missed during my own childhood. Sal and her mother go out picking blueberries at the same time that a mother bear and her cub do the same.

Sal and the cub, being youngsters, get too caught up in the fun of eating the berries and exploring the mountain to notice that they are wandering away from their mothers. Sal and the cub end up swapping mothers temporarily. As you can imagine, both mothers are horrified at finding the
Aug 17, 2009 Josiah rated it it was ok
It's probably all been said in regard to this book, but I'll try to speak my thoughts on it as I view the story.
Robert McCloskey's drawings in the book are surpassingly wonderful, taking us right there onto that hill with Sal, her mother, and the two bears as they forage for blueberries on a nice day, each one of the four coming to the situation with a different motive. The drawings of the rock formations are particularly beautiful, and lend excellent ambience to the text.
Robert McCloskey has
Kristine Hansen
Aug 06, 2015 Kristine Hansen rated it it was amazing
A book in blue about berries, a couple of bears, a little girl named Sal, and one mom who really doesn't keep a very good eye on her child...heh...

I don't know why I haven't read this one before, but I enjoyed the story. I liked how everyone kept their heads and realized that mistakes happen. And still got done what they needed to before going home. A fun book that holds up well. I liked going to pick blueberries back when I lived by some amazing you-pick places in Indiana not far from Lake Mich
Apr 17, 2011 Deborah rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It was one of my favorites as a child. Somehow in one of our moves when I was a teenager my families copy got misplaced. However, after we went blueberry picking with Christine up in Alaska I knew that I would have to buy a copy again. My husband and I laughed so hard because Christine just sat there and ate the blueberries as fast as we could pick them.

It is now a favorite for all of our children. I love the illustrations and the humor in it is delightful for children and adu
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John Robert McCloskey (September 15, 1914 – June 30, 2003) was an American writer and illustrator of children's books. He both wrote and illustrated eight picture books and won two Caldecott Medals from the American Library Association recognizing the year's best-illustrated picture book. Four of those eight books were set in Maine: Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, Time of Wonder, and Bu ...more
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