Blueberries for Sal

written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey

Sal and her mother set off in search of blueberries for the winter at the same time as a mother bear and her cub. What will happen when the young ones wander off and absentmindedly trail the wrong mothers?

Kurplink, kurplank, kurplunk! Sal is following her mother up the hill picking blueberries. Little Bear is following his mother up the other side of the hill eating blueberries. The youngsters tire, sit down to rest, and get separated from their mothers. When they start moving again they inadvertently begin following the wrong parent. It is up to their surprised mothers to switch them back and get safely home. A pleasant little story that is both captivating and satisfying. Sal behaves like a real child and young readers will readily identify with her.

A single dark blue color and block printing are used for the delightful illustrations in this 1949 Caldecott Honor book. The detailed pictures clarifies the text as it subtly compares and contrasts the motives and the activities of the bears and the humans. Sal and Sal's mother are modeled after McCloskey's wife, Margaret, and daughter, Sarah.