Sunday, August 1, 2010
August Classic Book- Blueberries for Sal
Take a journey back to simpler times with Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey which was first published in 1948. This is a sweet story of Sal and her Mom as they head for their annual blueberry picking at Blueberry Hill, to get blueberries to can for winter. Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk go the berries into Sal's metal bucket but Sal being young eats more berries than she picks and has a hard time staying with Mom.
A mother bear and her cub are also out to enjoy the blueberries and there's a bit of a mix up as Sal and the cub wander. But not to worry both Mama bear and Sal's Mom know better than to stay close to a person/bear respectively. Sal's Mom hears the familiar Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk and finds Sal doing what else, eating blueberries. The illustrations are simple black and white line drawings and have a wonderful old fashioned, vintage quality. I love the beautiful illustrated vistas of the sweeping mountainside.
I grew up picking blueberries from our own blueberry shrubs in our yard and I'm so looking forward to planting blueberries at our current home but until then we'll enjoy Upick outings and blueberries make a great Upick outing. Check out this site; pickyourown.org to find Upick farms near you and what crops and fruit that they have available and when. Blueberries are usually in season starting in July and ending in early September though this varies from place to place.
Check and see if you can get a copy on CD or if your library carries one for even more reading fun.