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Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey was first published in 1948 and won the Caldecott Medal of Honor in 1949.  The story opens with Sal and her mother going up Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries.  There’s a scenic overlook available on Blueberry Hill and blueberry picking is lots of fun for children, well at least eating blueberries is fun!  Maine produces 98% of the wild blueberries in the U.S., mostly in Washington county and there are lots of pick-your-own farms where your children can indulge themselves like Sal.   Little Sal wanders off while picking blueberries and accidently ends up following a bear while the baby bear ends up following Sal’s mother.  The mothers realize the error and carefully back away from the child following them to find their own and wander home, picking and eating blueberries all the...

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One Morning in Maine

One Morning in Maine

  Do you remember those mornings as a child when you leapt out bed, so excited to start the day? Sal is so excited that she’s going to Buck’s Harbor  with her dad that instead of snuggling back under the covers (which is what I would do), she hurries to get ready.   She’s brushing her teeth when a crisis erupts, one of her teeth is loose!  Sal is absolutely distraught thinking a loose tooth means she’ll have to miss the trip.  After a quick chat with her mother she is reassured and runs outside to share her excitement with all of the animals she can find including a fish hawk, a loon, a seal, and gulls wondering all of the while which animals also have teeth. One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey was first published in 1952.  While the pictures are a little dated, it’s a wonderful story about  childhood excitement and all of the wonderful things you can do in Maine.  There are many wildlife watching cruises in Maine including seal watching trips.  If you want to go clamming like Sal and her dad, you can find out more here  and get the details about a license for clamming for Bar Harbor, or Freeport.  My children wanted to know  where we could go stay so that we too would have to take a boat to get groceries.  My youngest doesn’t have any loose teeth yet, but he keeps checking, and just like Sal, he has a wish in...

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