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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 small bear with a big appetite for...

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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 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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Winner of A Caldecott Honor

"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.

A Fuse8 Top 100 Picture Book title

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Winner of A Caldecott Honor

"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.

A Fuse8 Top 100 Picture Book title

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140501698
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1976
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 30,451
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) wrote and illustrated some of the most honored and enduring children's books ever published. He grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and spent time in Boston, New York, and ultimately Maine, where he and his wife raised their two daughters. The first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner, for Make Way for Ducklings and Time of Wonder, McCloskey was also awarded Caldecott Honors for Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Journey Cake, Ho! by Ruth Sawyer.  He was declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000.  You can see some of his best-loved characters immortalized as statues in Boston's Public Garden and Lentil Park in Hamilton, Ohio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2001

    Pick a Timeless Favorite

    Blueberries for Sal preserves a distinct sence of life when tin pails and woodsmoke, bobby pins and rambling dirt roads were routine. At the same time it is a timeless portrayal of curiousity and maternal instinct as Sal and her mother find themselves sharing their berry patch with a hungry bear cub and its mother. The words flow in a natural rhythm, creating patterns that build anticipation. This is a gentle story that is a joy to read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    a reviewer

    'We must can blueberries for winter!', Mom said. In this cute book, 'Blueberries for Sal', by Robert McCloskey, a girl named Sal goes blueberry picking and meets someone...a little bear! And there's another surprise, the mama bear and mom meet! Nothing happens to mom and nothing happens to the bears. Then Sal meets her mom, so does little bear. Everything goes back to normal. I recommend this book to everyone! It's a really fun book! The illustrations are wonderful. Please read this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Cute and Simple!

    A sweet classic that everyone should read to their children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2007

    I remember this book!

    I also remember picking blueberries, strawberries and raspberries with my mom. This book is so good, so child-like and so interesting in its finale. Old timers like me should re-read this book and get a kick about a girl called Sal, her mom, a bear cub and the bear mom.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006

    unforgettable!

    I quickly became engrossed with this book as a small child. I vividly remember checking it out from the library continuously. The alliteration and onomatopoeia are especially pleasing to little ones. It will work its way into your heart too! Highly recommended! Ker-plink ker-plank ker-plunk!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2006

    My Review

    Blueberries for Sal, is about a little girl named Sal and her mother, who go to Blueberry Hill to pick berries for canning. Sal has a hard time keeping any berries in her bucket because she enjoys eating them so much! At one point, Sal puts her little hand into her mother¿s bucket and grabs a handful of berries. ¿Now Sal, you run along and pick your own berries. Mother wants to take her berries home and can them for the winter.¿ Sal gets tired, so she sits down amongst the blueberries and eats, and eats, and eats. Once Sal has had her fill of blueberries, she sets out to look for her mother, but you¿ll never believe what she finds instead! This book is full of lovely illustrations and a sure pleaser.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2005

    A Classic

    My mom used to read this book to my sister and me all the time. We loved the sound the blueberries made as they hit the bottom of the bucket. I loved this book so much that I even named my stuffed bear Blueberry (Blue for short).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    From a Small One's Point of View

    My teacher read this book to me in kindergarden. We were learning the letter 'B', this is a great book for learning about where you belong, and the world around you! If this wasn't a good book I would have never remembered the name this long!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2001

    A Great Read!

    I first checked this book out from the library for my 2 year old and 5 year old and am now in the process of buying one so we can read it any time. It is about Sal and her mother going berry picking and a mother bear out berry picking with her cub at the same time. Both 'kids' wander off and wind up finding the other one's mom and things have to be sorted out from there. Adventurous and not scary at all with large sketch type illustrations on every page. A delightful book that will hold their interest to the end. Not too long and not too short, just right!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    great service

    excellent copy, fast service

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Starlightshimmer

    Starlightshimmer padded in uncertainly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Tellerkit

    Go to a book called on sal mal lane

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Great book, poorly presented on Nook

    Our kids loved the Robert McCloskey books, and we loved reading them. So I wanted Blueberries for Sal on my Nook for the enjoyment of other kids in my life. However, it's a disappointment on the Nook.

    Each "page" is a 2-page view, only in the horizontal format, because the art is usually 2 pages wide. However that makes it too small to read and the wonderful line art is too small to view properly.

    You can pinch/spread to enlarge the page (taps don't seem to work), and drag the pages around to view, but you can't turn to the next page in the enlarged view. You have to pinch back to the smaller size (double tap does reduce) before you can turn the page, which still seems to hesitate. I found all the manipulation a distraction from the endearing story, and I'd expect a little kid to be frustrated with the difficulty of viewing and turning the page.

    The Read it too Me option is just that, a narration. I wouldn't want animation, but I could see the possibility of zooming and scanning on the page to go along with the narration, using some Ken Burns effects with the art to make it more enjoyable in the Nook format.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    1973! 40's were meant for me!

    I could/can always hear the bears eating the berries!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Well loved child favorite

    This book is one of the most unforgettable children's books of all time. Its simple drawings, charming story, and lovely blueberry imagery make it a delight for children, especially young ones. The pacing is slow and deliberate, easy for young children to follow. The story is vividly told--you can almost hear the sound of Sal's blueberries dropping into her bucket. The encounter with the mama and baby bear give it a bit of excitement. Make sure obtain a hard cover copy of this classic as you will be reading it to your young ones over and over again.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Love this book & lack of 21st century zing

    I remember my mom reading me this book, so of course I wanted it for my children. I didn't think it would be my daughter's favorite w/o Barbie or Hannah Montanah or whoever in it, but what a great surprise- Not only did she really like the story and was trying to guess what would happen next at every page. She was also fascinated by the black and white drawings and asked me if this book was "from before they had color." That lead to a conversation about changes from her grandmother's childhood to mine to hers. And my daughter needs to remember to stay close to me when we're out, so maybe this will help with that too. Good, cute, sweet read.

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    Posted March 1, 2010

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