Blueberries for Sal
Blueberries for Sal is a Caldecott Honor Book written by Robert McCloskey, first published in 1948. 1948!! This always amazes me because it wasn't a period in American history when the stuff of childhood was the business of very many men. Developmental psychology was well underway, but thinking about things from a child's perspective wasn't yet popularized. In this book, a little girl named Sal is picking blueberries with her mother at the same time a mother bear and her cub are eating blueberries on the other side of the very same hill. Each as curious as the other, Little Sal and baby bear get mixed up with each other and are following behind the wrong mother. The way McCloskey tells the story is so poetic and almost lyrical, you know he must have had an incredible connection with young children. He writes simply and offers so many little details- exactly the kind that young children wonder about and obsess over- he tells the reader how many berries Little Sal picks exactly, what she's picking them for, what noise they make when she drops them in the pail, etc... This is one of the few books my children don't think of 5 questions to ask per page....because it's written how they think! The accompanying illustrations are equally clear and delightful. What an insightful author so many decades ago...
This book has more text than the average picture book these days but it is easy to make up a simple story to follow the intriguing illustrations before a child is ready to sit for the story in it's entirety.
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