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Robert McCloskey
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Jan. 1 1976 Picture Puffins
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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Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk go the blueberries into the pail of a little girl named Sal who--try as she might--just can't seem to pick as fast as she eats. Robert McCloskey's classic is a magical tale of the irrepressible curiosity--not to mention appetite--of youth. Sal and her mother set off in search of blueberries for the winter at the same time as a mother bear and her cub. A quiet comedy of errors ensues when the young ones wander off and absentmindedly trail the wrong mothers.

Blueberries for Sal--with its gentle animals, funny noises, and youthful spirit of adventure--is perfect for reading aloud. The endearing illustrations, rendered in dark, blueberry-stain blue, will leave you craving a fresh pail of your own. (Picture book)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adorable classic adventure story May 2 2004
Format:Paperback
It's a classic case of mistaken identity when, while on a hunt for blueberries, two very different mommies and two very different children get separated and all mixed up. Or are they really that different? With McCloskey's incredible eye for natural detail from a child's point of view, this story tells a hilarious tale about a human mother and child (the eponymous Sal) who go blueberry hunting and run into their bear counterparts, who are storing up food for hibernation. Not only are the sound effects hilarious (my son loves to chant the KERPLINK! KERPLANK! KERPLUNK! part along with me) the story also teaches a lot about comparing and contrasting characteristics in the natural world, and the striking and original blue-and-white illustrations make this book unique. Your preschooler is sure to delight in it, and your first grader is still going to love it and be able to draw more sophisticated comparisons and conclusions from the story. Sure to be a bedtime favorite for many years - it has been in my househould!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have to admit I've always loved this book which is why I wanted my own copy.
I love reading it to children from about age 3 to 9 but any age will appreciate the parallel story
as it alternates between showing a young child and her mother and a mama bear and her baby bear
as each teaches their youngster how to pick blueberries resulting in their chance encounter with each other.
It so clearly shows the innocence of all baby animals and the shining love of the mother for her baby...
a love shared and understood by all species of mother as they try to keep their child safe.
The book has gentle drama and intrigue. There is a reason the book is a classic
having been written in the 1940's and still loved. The pictures show amazing close ups and
distant scenes that make you wish to be an artist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
McCloskey wrote this about his wife Margaret (daughter of author Ruth Sawyer Durnad) and daughter Sally encountering a mother bear and cub while picking blueberries on Deer Isle. The story has some funny turns when both mother and child get separated and wind up finding the wrong family member. Imagine that! Well, all's well that ends well. And, guess you wondered what happened in the end don't you? You'll have to see for yourself. McCloskey sadly passed away on June 30, 2003 most of his life he illustrated and wrote children's books. He wrote eight books during his life. All the book reflect on family experiences, small-town life, and life in Boston. His story, 'Make Way for Ducklings' is set in Boston. McCloskey is one of the few authors that depicted Americana in a light-hearted vision through his illustration. He will be sadly missed. 'Blueberries for Sal' won the Caldecott award for children's book illustration. It's a darn good story to boot, too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! July 25 2014
By Milica Hovanec TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Another of my book club picks:

Little Sal goes with her mother to pick blueberries, but ends up eating them instead. Little bear goes with his mother to eat blueberries, and eat them he does.
Two mothers and two children on a Blueberry Hill.

Perfect!

This story is perfect, and the blue ink illustrations are gorgeous!

I may buy this book in the future.
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This true-to-life story with its endearing true-to-life illustrations is told simply, describing what happens when a little girl and her mother go blueberry picking,and meet up with a mother bear and her cub. The story is not too scary and has a happy ending for all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FarNorth reviewer Oct. 21 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My kids love to be read to at night before bed and this book has been a family favourite for the past 12 years!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Much Loved Classic July 14 2004
Format:Paperback
For our family, each summer we read "Blueberries for Sal" together. Then we drop the blueberries that we've bought (sadly not picked) into a tin bucket to listen to the kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk, and end with making blueberry jam to put aside for winter.
It's something my older children remember with delight, and something my youngest is newly excited about. The illustrations are beautiful, especially of Sal and Sal's Mother in the kitchen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty of Simplicity July 16 2004
Format:Paperback
Both the story and blue-ink illustrations are simple but charming. There's nothing mythopoetic here, but there is something magical about just being out in the wide-open country picking berries (we're going to pick wild blackberries today!). An excellent short bedtime story of the "light reading" variety.
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