Blueberries for Sal is still a classic story of blueberries and mix-ups by Robert McCloskey, but it is now become difficult to obtain. Within the book, Little Sal picks blueberries with her mother, dropping them into pails to collect for the winter. At the same time, a mother bear and her baby go out for a snack on the same blueberry hill – only on the other side. Opposites and similarities crop with the two pairs that allow children to see the interesting ways animals and people are different as well as alike. Sal’s mother tells her not to eat too many blueberries while the bear’s mother tells him to eat as much as he can. Eventually Sal and the young cub mix up their mothers and it isn’t until Sal’s mother notices the cub eating blueberries out of her pail that the mistake is resolved. Children may giggle when they see that Sal still has only one blueberry in her bucket.
Reminiscent of older days, Blueberries for Sal shows the mother canning blueberries as Sal plays with a spoon. Robert McCloskey uses a set number of colors – mostly a deep blue – to set the tone of the story. Printing is easy to read and kids are certain to get excited when Sal starts following after the mother bear. McCloskey has written several children’s books, including a Caldecott Award winner, so it’s no wonder that parents still seek out Blueberries for Sal despite the possibilities of it being out of print.