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Robert McCloskey

Hardcover, 64 pages,

Ages 5 and up


Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey is a beloved children’s story that features life in Maine. Excellent for early learners state study. It tells of 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.

Preparing for winter for Mother and Sal means a visit to Blueberry Hill to gather blueberries. What does it sound like to drop a blueberry into an empty metal pail? Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk. But do the blueberries make it into the bucket or into the mouth? Sal is bound for mischief. Mama bear is preparing for winter too by eating as many blueberries as possible. Baby bear is curious and bound for trouble just like Sal. Sal and the baby bear get mixed up and follow the wrong mothers. Imagine Mother’s surprise when baby bear tries to eat from her bucket. And Mama bear’s surprise when she hears kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk.

Robert McClosky spent summers with his family on an island in the Penobscot Bay of Maine. He features his wife and eldest daughter, Sally as the models for the characters in Blueberries for Sal. You will love the charming line drawings and lyrical text of this Caldecott Honor winner.

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