Birth Year Reading: Blueberries for Sal

The other day, as my family and I were munching on blueberries from the Farmer’s Market, I once again thought of Blueberries For Sal, by Robert McCloskey. I adored this book when I was little, and my children adored it when they were little, too!  When I pulled our tattered copy off the shelf to look at it, I discovered that it had received the Caldecott Honor Medal in my birth year, 1949!

For those of you who might not be familiar with with this classic of children’s literature, Blueberries For Sal is a story of two mothers who each take their child up the hillside to pick blueberries. Sal and her mother were humans. The other mother and child were bears! They all love blueberries, and when the children get mixed up and start following the wrong mother…well, it’s a kind book and things get gently sorted out.

If you haven’t read it yet, please do. And have a container of blueberries to munch on while you enjoy it!

A book read for my “Birth Year Reading.”

4 thoughts on “Birth Year Reading: Blueberries for Sal

  1. Robin Post author

    Jessie, I, too, grew up on Blueberries for Sal and loved that that book memory came flooding back to me while eating fresh-picked blueberries! (The blueberries have been wonderful this year…but now it’s probably time for raspberries, which bring back many other wonderful memories!)


  2. Les in OR

    When we were picking blueberries in Sequim last month, I immediately thought of this book! I’m sure I read it sometime in the very distant past (probably to my daughter), but I’d forgotten about the mama and baby bear family!

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