July 29, 2011

Blueberries for Sal, Robert McCloskey

Reading is very important to this Momma. As a child I could always be found curled up in a corner with a book in hand lost in the pages. II could be lost at sea, in the woods, belonging to different families and cultures. Coming from a pretty turbulent childhood filled with many moves and instability, reading provided a safe haven – a place where no matter what, life was controlled within the parameters of a story.

Recently I have discovered the wonderful works of Robert McCloskey. We received one of his works, Make Way for Ducklings, as a baby gift before Gerhard was born and have enjoyed it immensely. During a trip to the library, I discoveredBlueberries for Sal,  and  One Morning in Maine  and unknowingly check them out.

I love the timelessness of these books and Mr. McCloskey’s whimsey. The stories include animals, childhood creativity and the natural joy of discovery that children have. In Blueberries for Sal, Sal (a little girl) is picking blueberries with her mother, wanders away and starts following a bear mother who is also eating berries with her own cub. The sheer surprise of the bear and little girl to realize that she is not following her own mother is wonderful – and a bit silly.

We have been enjoying reading and rereading these books. I enjoy the lithographs, the language and how lovely it would have been to be a child in one of his books.

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