Our book of March is Blueberries for Sal! It is a 1948 children’s picture book by Robert McCloskey. It was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 1949, and was ranked number 13 among the “Top 100 Picture Books” in a 2009 survey published by School Library Journal. It was ranked number 31 in a reiteration three years later.
The story features a little girl, Sal, and her mother as they go and pick blueberries for winter—and a bear cub and his mother as they go and eat berries for winter from the other side of the same hill. 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? Set in a small town in Maine, this picture book piece uses a single dark blue color and block printing for the illustrations.
Blueberries for Sal shows the irrepressible curiosity–not to mention appetite–of youth. The book, with its gentle animals, funny noises, and youthful spirit of adventure, is perfect of reading aloud.
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