Blueberries For Sal

It’s old, I know. As much as I love new books, I love old ones too. Published in 1948, Blueberries for Sal has a parallel plot structure which is perfect for drawing comparisons. I see charts comparing bears to humans and charts comparing mothers to children. What would happen if the mothers bumped into each other the way the babies did?

It seems so simple, picking wild blueberries on the hillside. Yet there’s so much going on: local food, canning, onomatopoeia (kuplink! kuplank! kuplunk!), habitats and nature. Get back to the basics via a Robert McCloskey picture book.


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Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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2 Responses to Blueberries For Sal

  1. I see this book at the library but have never read it. I too like old books – they usually have such a nice smell to them. But kids seem to like the brand spanking new ones at the library. I’ll have to find a new printing of this book maybe. Or just forget the kids and get the Mom Person to read it to me from the library! Thanks for suggesting it.

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