It’s blueberry season!
As you may know, I’m a sucker for children's books with great illustrations, and Blueberries for Sal is no exception. Robert McCloskey’s stunning black and white illustrations are the perfect complement to this sweet, classic story about a little girl who goes blueberry picking with her mother.
When Sal and her mother go blueberry picking, it’s clear from the beginning that Sal isn’t going to be much help, and they are both too busy picking (or in Sal's case, eating) to keep an eye on one another. On the other side of the hill, Little Bear is eating blueberries with HIS mother, and before long, the two young ones have accidentally switched places.
Perfect for Summer, Blueberries for Sal is a charming classic story that every child should read at least once. My mom gave me my copy as one of my “report card gifts” after I finished kindergarten, and it quickly became one of my favourite stories. Every August my family and I would go blueberry picking near our cottage, and after having read this book I was always on high alert for pesky bears!
Blueberries for Sal was ranked number 13 among the "Top 100 Picture Books" in a survey by School Library Journal, a Caldecott Honor book, and it's easy to see why!