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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (27,633 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert McCloskey Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781470356347
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One summer day, young Sal and her mother climb Blueberry Hill to pick berries from the many bushes growing there. As her mother fills the pail, Sal fills her tummy with the juicy blueberries. On the other side of the hill, a mother bear and her cub are enjoying the berries, too. Both Sal and the bear cub get tired, though. And when they stop to rest, their mothers keep climbing the hill. The resulting mixup is an adventure that highlights the universal curiosity of children—and the eternal patience of moms.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The adventures of a little girl and a baby bear while hunting for blueberries with their mothers one bright summer day. All the color and flavor of the sea and pine-covered Maine countryside.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swhite | 2/13/2014

    " Love the pace of this cute story. And the blue illustrations are perfect. Fell in love with Sal as she reminded me of my middle child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Polk | 2/4/2014

    " sweet book for little kids. It is an excellent book to read aloud to your children and grandchildren. It is about a girl out picking berries for her mom and it shows a baby bear doing the same for his mom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 2/3/2014

    " One of my favorites from childhood. I read it to both of my boys. I also like to use it for storytime when I get some older children (4-5 year olds.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/3/2014

    " One of our favorites. I love Robert McCloskey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/29/2014

    " McCloskey's use of his pen with blue ink on off-white paper embodies a world of simple printing, syle and interiors that some of us can remember our way back to - I wonder how a young child reading this now processes this very different place. It is a pleasure to roam this Maine island with young Sal, her mother, and the corresponding mother bear and her cub. The joy of blueberry picking for canning (while Sal eats more than she can pick, and the bears eat to get ready for winter) creates a beautiful symmetry that propels the story forward with occasional hints of what might come next. McCloskey brings other lovers of this state treasure into his story, including a mother partridge and her chicks, and mother crow with her young. The surprises are endearing and even the encounter with the bears has little fear for young readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Nagel | 1/28/2014

    " A classic by one of my favorite authors. Caldecott honor and magical. You can imagine the sound of the berries hitting the bucket, the little ones that want to eat all the berries, and the comical mix up of each of the moms. Read it as a summer favorite and go pick some berries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jewelee | 1/25/2014

    " Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 1/16/2014

    " Without a doubt, one of my all-time favorite books, both to look at, and to read to the kids. The illustrations are great, and are my favorite black-and-white (actually blue-and-white) illustration ever. Both my kids love the story, and laugh every time I read it to them, even after the hundreds of times I have done so. A classic picture book, which should be required reading for all. I always love the endpapers with the 1940's era kitchen showing Sal's Mother canning the blueberries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Vegan | 1/15/2014

    " I loved this book when I was a kid and I think it holds up well today. I long ago lost my original copy, but liked the book enough to buy it again as an adult so that I'd have it in my collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis Blick | 1/3/2014

    " Great illustrations, This book really has no educational value but if anything can be used with it, this can be used to lead students into writing about their favorite food "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 12/23/2013

    " Not really a fan of Blueberries for Sal. I kept thinking the mom was about to get eaten by the mama bear. I don't think that was the author's intention, but nonetheless. A cute story overall, and I love the effect of the "kurplink, kurplank, kurplunk." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Bornstein | 12/15/2013

    " I loved this book when I was little "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Wall | 11/17/2013

    " Haha I liked this book as a kid. I think all kids should read it... it's a part of childhood and a classic. And it so beats Where the Wilds Things are (or live whatever) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joelle | 11/16/2013

    " I love Robert McCloskey books. This is so sweet and charming. My 4 year old really enjoyed it - it's nice when he's able to predict what's coming. It's not my favorite of his, but it's just lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brindi | 10/18/2013

    " 1949 Caldecott Honor "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 InternetRex | 9/7/2013

    " The pictures in this book appealed to me, however, I thought there was something wrong with Sal's parents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Mcneil | 5/21/2013

    " I thought that this was a very cute book. It may be a little long for a read aloud, but definitely a good partner/silent reading source. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 PLM | 9/29/2012

    " I can not ever remember not having this book. It is one of my very favorites and I plan on giving it to my granddaughter very soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 9/4/2012

    " WOW! I forgot about this one! Such a sweet book. Don't think I even had the opportunity to read it to my son. Wonder if he (15 years old) would sit still and let me read it to him....LOL. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 6/3/2012

    " Ah! Saw this at the library today and read it in the stacks. I remember this book from years ago. It's so cute about little Sal, her mother, and Little Bear, and his mother--all picking blueberries on Blueberry Hill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 2/6/2012

    " Sal goes berry picking with his mom but ends up following mother bear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 12/29/2011

    " Great story. Love the idea that a little kid would climb after the mom and take out the blueberries. This is exactly what my boys would do. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rona | 12/28/2011

    " I've read this book to our son when he was little and fell in love. Every summer I make time to curl up with my favorite summer read! "

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About the Author
Author Robert McCloskey

Robert McCloskey (1914–2003) wrote and illustrated some of the most honored and enduring children’s books ever published. He grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and spent time in Boston, New York, and ultimately Maine, where he and his wife raised their two daughters. The first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner, for Make Way for Ducklings and Time of Wonder, McCloskey was also awarded Caldecott Honors for Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Journey Cake, Ho! by Ruth Sawyer. He was declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000. You can see some of his best-loved characters immortalized as statues in Boston’s Public Garden and Lentil Park in Hamilton, Ohio.

About the Narrator

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.