Sunday, July 13, 2014

Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey

Title: Blueberries for Sal
Author: Robert McCloskey
Length: 57 pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Classification: Children's Book Caldecott Honor
Release Date: March 1987 (reprint)
Source: Paperback 
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? 

Cutie Pie's Thoughts:

What is this book about?
Little Bear and Little Sal getting mixed up with each of their mothers while eating and picking blueberries.

What was your favorite part of the story?
 I liked all of it.

Why did you like it?
 Because it was about them finding their mothers once they had switched.

Is there anything you didn't like about this book?

Do you like the illustrations?

Who do you think will like this book?
Everyone that likes blueberries. 

Cutie Pie's Rating:

My Thoughts:

I remember reading this story when I was a little girl. And when I found it at a book sale, I didn't hesitate to pick it up. I really enjoyed reading this with my two daughters. They both were captivated by the story and the illustrations.

This story focuses on a mother and daughter going to pick blueberries to can for winter. The mother is picking the blueberries and putting them in the pail to bring home. And little Sal is doing what most toddlers would do and picking the blueberries and eating them.
While they are picking blueberries, a mama bear and baby bear decide to go to eat blueberries to prepare for winter.
The mothers are busy picking/eating and the little ones end up getting separated and mixed up.

I liked that it had the views of both the humans and the bears. It shows that bears are a bit like us, they prepare for winter and are afraid of us.

But I also recognize that this could be a dangerous situation. I definitely wouldn't want to get mixed up with a bear.

Overall, it is a cute story and it ends well. I love the writing and the illustrations.

I really love the illustrations. They are simple but detailed.

I think that children of all ages could enjoy reading this book. And if you or they love blueberries, be prepared to want to eat some when you are finished reading this one!

My Rating:


  1. I haven't thought about this book in ages. It was one of my favorites as a child! ~ Amber @ Casual Readers

    1. Me too. I had forgotten about it until I saw it at a book sale, and picked it up. I was surprised with myself because I didn't have it already. So I was very excited to buy it and share it with my daughters.


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