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April 17, 2014
Happy early Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day is an awesome holiday when we drop whatever we’re doing to say a big THANK YOU to our awesome mommies. In honor of these spectacular women around the world, I’d like to pay tribute to the two mothers in Blueberries for Sal:
“One day, Little Sal went with her mother to Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries. On the other side of Blueberry Hill, Littler Bear came with his mother to eat blueberries.”
This charming book tells the tale of two mother-child pairs: a woman and her daughter Sal, and a bear and her cub Little Bear. The illustrations of Sal following her mother through the bushes kuplinking blueberries into a pail and of Little Bear hustling behind his mother eating along the way are enough to tug at your heartstrings. You truly feel their familial love. When both children lose their mothers, they end up finding each other’s moms—and these illustrations are absolutely adorable. I’d also like to note that before they find each other’s mothers, Sal mistakes a mother crow for her mom, and Little Bear mistakes a partridge for his! I particularly enjoyed that toward the end of the story, the thing that makes the mothers discover that their little ones are missing is also what helps to find them: the noises that they associate with their children. Sal’s kuplinking leads her mother right to her, and Little Bear’s mom hears his particular “hustle” noise and finds him immediately.
The book shows that you can find wonderful and loving mommies wherever you look—from humans to furry and feathery friends!
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, everyone!
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey is available in Club Shop.
May 9, 2013