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Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
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Mar 08, 12

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A Caldecott Honor Book in 1949 (1949!) this is a sweet stories with beautiful illustrations. The inside cover has a two-page spread illustration that is so beautiful, the librarian put the return pocked on the next page (with a tiny, penciled note stating this). The two-page introductory illustration is of Sal and her mother in the kitchen: the mother jarring blueberries while Sal plays with her supplies- foreshadowing the childlike character of Sal and the nurturing character of her mother. All of the illustrations are done on clean white paper and use only blue ink, a clever tribute to the blueberries that are central to the story.

The story is a tale of a mother and child picking blueberries together, and the animals that are on the same hill gathering blueberries.
If not for the illustrations, this book would be fun to read with children to discuss how some animals (humans) gather food for the winter, while some animals (bears) eat plentifully to prepare for hibernation. Also, how all of the mothers were frightened by animals that were not their own kind.

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