Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal Caldecott Honor BookWhat 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 wint

  • Title: Blueberries for Sal
  • Author: Robert McCloskey
  • ISBN: 9780670175918
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Caldecott Honor BookWhat 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 smaCaldecott Honor BookWhat 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 small bear with a big appetite for berries Will each mother go home with the right little one With its expressive line drawings and charming story, Blueberries for Sal has won readers hearts since its first publication in 1948 The adventures of a little girl and a baby bear while hunting for blueberries with their mothers one bright summer day All the color and flavor of the sea and pine covered Maine countryside School Library Journal, starred review.

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    1. I love the simple black and white illustrations in this book, and the subtle repetition of situations.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.

    2. 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 starsNarrator: 5 starsActual rating 4.5 stars all around <3A short book but a wonderful and cute story. The narrator does a great jo [...]

    3. “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 m [...]

    4. 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

    5. 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 blueberr [...]

    6. 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?ThirdKuplink, kuplank, kuplunk.'nuff said.Oha 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?"

    7. 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!

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 :PTwo things make this a great children book:1) Using symmetry in prose2) Showing how children are fearless unlike adultsSo true! :)

    11. 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.

    12. My current three-year-old is always resistant to hearing this story read aloud to him, however, I talked him into hearing it when I told him there was a talking bear inside. He ended up enjoying the story, and I enjoyed reading it to him.

    13. As a 1948 Caldecott Winner, this would be considered in the "classic category." The story, although old, holds the test of time as sweet and endearing. I spent a lot of time with this one as a young child. I believe my mom particularly enjoyed this one. The illustrations are beautifully done in black and white, and it tells a story of a mother and Sal (I say Sal instead of son/daughter because for this time, amazingly the gender is kept very neutral in this one - which I love!) going blueberry p [...]

    14. I managed to make it through childhood without reading Blueberries for Sal, so I don't have any fond memories to make it seem delightful now. I think it probably is delightful, but Paul has an audio book version that he has been listening to on repeat and the voices make me crazy. They're just fingernails on my personal blackboard.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 [...]

    15. "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 EmberleyThe 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 a [...]

    16. First sentence: One day, Little Sal went with her mother to Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries.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 [...]

    17. Adorable illustrations, but the only thing I could think about while reading the book was that reality would have been a completely different story altogether!

    18. 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 berries. I [...]

    19. My parents, especially my father, must have read this book to me hundreds of times when I was a child. So when I saw it as an offering from National Braille Press, of course I had to buy it.The story is as sweet as blueberries in July. Not much happens, and I was keenly aware that, if this book came out today, it might not have become a classic, now that kids expect fast-paced action in their storybooks.Still, I was reminded of how effective a sparingly-told tale can be. The evocation of the sou [...]

    20. I think Robert McCloskey is my new favorite author for early childhood books! His images are delightful and his simple stories end up having a fun twist that keeps adults entertained too! Ages 3+Cleanliness: a mother says, "My Goodness."

    21. Another cute book with sketch illustrations. a fun book to read as a mother and child. If your hungry grab a snack while reading, because it will go along with the book.

    22. Saw this at the library and picked it up to read to my son. I remember reading it as a kid and just absolutely loving the illustrations. Reading it with him, I still do. Good story and brought back good memories.

    23. Text-to-Self Connection:I may not like blueberries that much or blueberry jam, but I do like blueberry muffins! And that what I think of after reading this book. This picture book is a classic read that I remember reading as a child. When I first saw the book while combing through the library, I noticed that it had a won an award so I grabbed it thinking that it was of good quality. Once I had finished reading it, it was then that I realized that I had read the book before while I was in element [...]

    24. Charles WoodINFO 683 w/ Professor MorrisResource Review #1Robert 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 [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. This is another story that I read/used for my literature unit projectThis 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 [...]

    27. 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 [...]

    28. 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—c [...]

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