Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal

Book rating: 05 Paperback Picture Puffins

By (author) Robert McCloskey

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
  • Format: Paperback | 59 pages
  • Dimensions: 181mm x 226mm x 1mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 30 September 1976
  • Publication City/Country: Hawthorn
  • ISBN 10: 014050169X
  • ISBN 13: 9780140501698
  • Sales rank: 9,103

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"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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Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) wrote and illustrated some of the most honored and enduring children's books ever published. He grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and spent time in Boston, New York, and ultimately Maine, where he and his wife raised their two daughters. The first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner, for "Make Way for Ducklings "and "Time of Wonder," McCloskey was also awarded Caldecott Honors for "Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, "and "Journey Cake, Ho!" by Ruth Sawyer. He was declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000. You can see some of his best-loved characters immortalized as statues in Boston's Public Garden and Lentil Park in Hamilton, Ohio.

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By Esther Allen 30 Apr 2011 5

Fantastic story about how a bear cub and a human child end up seperated from their mothers and instead, end up with the other mother (and then reunited with their own mothers). Beautifully written, it is sure to delight. The black and white illustrations are the perfect mixture of simplicity and detail.

By Francine 14 Feb 2011 5

My 2 year old and 5 year old adore this book. It has beautiful illustrations about Sal and her mum picking blueberries while a mumma bear and her baby are on the other side of the hill doing the same thing. Slightly repetitive to appeal to the younger ages, but with a lovely storyline for primary aged kids. I enjoy this book too - highly recommended!

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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