Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Blueberries for Sal, a Caldecott Honor book (1949), is a great story that kids will relate to. Sal isn't a stereotypical angelic child. She's by no means naughty, but like kids her age, she can be curious or thoughtless. When her mom is preparing to do some canning, she's turning the jar rings into bracelets. She and her mom go for a trek to pick blueberries to put up for the winter. Sal's mom admonishes her not to eat too many blueberries, because they need them for the winter.
Running parallel to this story is the story of a mother bear and her cub. They are also preparing for the winter, but mama bear's advice is directly opposite of Sal's mom's advice: eat as many berries as you can to prepare for your long winter's nap!
During the afternoon, the two little ones (Sal and the cub) meet up. Each inattentively ends up following the wrong mother. They're both in for a surprise!
A childhood favorite for decades, Blueberries for Sal makes a great addition to your homeschool library.
This book is used in the Learning Language Arts Through Literature Blue Book.
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