Blueberries for Sal   -     By: Robert McCloskey
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Blueberries for Sal

Puffin / 1976 / Paperback

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Your children will delight in this classic story of Little Sal and Little Bear who go Blueberry picking with their mothers on Blueberry Hill in Maine. When they wander away from their mothers, each mistakes the other's mother for its own! With simple illustrations, childlike humor, and just enough suspense for young children, this book will be a family favorite for years to come! Recommended for ages 2 to 6. A 1949 Caldecott Honor book.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Puffin
Publication Date: 1976
Dimensions: 7.11 X 8.91 X 0.20 (inches)
ISBN: 014050169X
ISBN-13: 9780140501698
UPC: 051488007999
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 2-6

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Publisher's Description

What happens when Sal and her mother meet a mother bear and her cub? A Caldecott Honor Book!

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.

Author Bio

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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Winner of A Caldecott Honor
A Fuse8 Top 100 Picture Book title


"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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    My First Kindergarten Read Aloud
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    This was the first book my kindergarten teacher read to our class on the first day on kindergarten in 1970. The story centers around McCloskey's own daughter, Sal and his wife picking blueberries on a hill in Maine. While picking blueberries Sal and her mother become separated but are unaware of it. Instead each unknowingly ends up picking blueberries with a member of the bear family. Sal's mother and Mother Bear both discover they have been picking blueberries with the wrong child and go in search of their own children. Each mother finds her child and so ends the day of blueberry picking on the hill. McCloskey's illustrations for this book are done in blue ink and are superb! This book is not only my favorite from childhood but my daughter's as well.
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