I had previously read Homer Price by Robert McCloskey, so I was already familiar with his name when my Mom came up to me with this book at the last book sale.
Little Sal and her Mother have traveled to Blueberry Hill to gather blueberries for winter canning. Although mother is dedicated to filling her bucket, Sal is more interested in plumping down and eating berries off all of the bushes surrounding her.
But Sal and her mother aren’t the only hungry beings on Blueberry Hill. Coming up the opposite slope are a mother bear and her baby. When both children are separated from their mothers, will they be able to find them again before they are hurt?
Not only is Blueberries for Sal a Caldecott Honor Book, it’s also one of the darlingestly illustrated books I’ve ever read. Rather than being cartoon-ish, modernistic, or ultra-realistic, Blue-berries for Sal has an old-fashioned, raggedy pencil-drawn style to it (reminiscent of Garth Williams’ Little House on the Prairie illustrations). Little Sal’s overalls with the shoulder strap continually falling off of her shoulder so reminds me of when I was a little girl wearing overalls and blue jean jumpers.
Conclusion. Absolutely precious. Fully recommended.
Review © 2012 Laura Verret