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Preview — Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Blueberries for Sal
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 sma ...more
Sal and her mother go out to pick blueberries.
Unbeknowst to each other, Mother Bear has also taken her cub out to eat blueberries. And soon there is a mix up on the mountainside . . .
This is a delightful book to read aloud to children, over and over. The illustrations are very evocative of a time that is now past, and yet is always present.
I think the art is nice - mostly black and white illustrations. The story is interesting and there is quite a bit of tension in it for kids. Two parties go up a hill to pick blueberries and the afternoon gets interesting. It's a solid story and I see it on many lists. I think I like this better than the Caldecott winne ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
Second of all, what's not to love about a story of mistaken identity set in a blueberry patch?
Third...Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk.
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?"
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 ...more
It is Maine, it is blueberry picking, it is ...more
Two things make this a great children book:
1) Using symmetry in prose
2) Showing how children are fearless unlike adults
So true! :)
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 ...more
Premise/plot: Little Sal and Little Bear both love, love, love to eat blueberries. Little Sal's mother is picking blueberries to can for winter; Little Bear's mother is eating blueberries--and encouraging Little Bear to eat blueberries--so they can save up lots of fat for hibernating that winter. Little Sal becomes tired, and ultimately becomes separated from her mother. Little Bear also becomes separa ...more
Plus it makes me kind of nuts that ALL the mother does is think about canning. How can you spend a whole day picking blueberries and never think about anything other t ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Summary: Sal is a little girl who goes blueberry picking with her mother. Instead of picking berries for the winter like her mother, Sal is eating them. She plops down to eat them and rest, she encounters, another young friend who is doing the same. Soon they both realize they have been following the wrong mom. Both mothers soon realize their child is not behind them. At the end they reunite.
Evaluation: This was a sweet story about two very different children sharing their love for blue...more