Peanut’s Picks: BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL

Hiya, bloggies!  Peanut here!  Life at home is great.  I have Mommy and Daddy completely wrapped around my little finger – it didn’t take long.  Basically, I get whatever I want.  All I have to say is “Nyaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!” and they come running to feed me and change me from one cute outfit into another and rock me until I fall back asleep.  It’s a good system we have going on, if I do say so myself.  One of my favorite things is when Mommy and I sit together in the rocking chair in my room and Mommy reads to me.  We look at all kinds of books together – books with lots of pictures, books with cardboard pages, and even some big kid books with lots and lots and LOTS of words.  Mommy said I could use her blog to tell you about some of my favorite books, since I’m such a big girl now.  (Please note: I can neither confirm nor deny the rumors that this post was ghostwritten by Mommy.)

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For my first post, I’d like to discuss Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey.  Mommy was super excited to read this book with me, because it was one of her favorite books when she was very, very small (but not as small as me).  Some pretty scary stuff happens in this book.  Little Sal and her mother go out to pick blueberries so that Sal’s mama can preserve them for the winter.  But Sal is more interested in eating the blueberries (obviously) than in picking them and saving them.  Sal’s mama yells at Sal for taking blueberries out of her bucket and then Sal gets tired of being dragged all over the place, so she sits down and eats the blueberries.  Then she goes looking for her mama, but instead she finds herself following a mama bear!  And the mama bear’s little cub finds himself following Sal’s mama!  YIKES!

I’m not going to spoil the ending for you.  You’re just going to have to read it for yourself.  (Or get my mom to read it to you.  She likes reading out loud.)

But I do want to talk about the character of Sal.  I think she gets an unfairly bad rap here.  First of all, all that Sal wants to do is eat blueberries!  Who can blame her for that?  (I love blueberries.  Actually, I love all fruit.  I know what you’re thinking: how can a baby love fruit?  But you wouldn’t question me if you knew how much fruit I made Mommy eat when I was baking.  I think Daddy actually cried over the grocery bills once or twice.)  In fact, if you ask me, Sal has the right idea.  She just wants to eat the blueberries straight off the bush, when they’re freshest and yummiest.  It’s Sal’s mother who wants to take them home and mix them with sugar and turn them into jam.  (Well… hmmmm… I might be willing to concede that both sides have valid points here.)

But anyway, Blueberries for Sal is a great book with important lessons for mommies and daddies.  These are the lessons I take from the book:

1. Blueberries for everyone!
2. Jam too!
3. Don’t yell at your kids when they just want to eat fresh blueberries.  You could find yourself being stalked by a bear.

Stay tuned for more of my book reviews and thoughts on these important issues!

xoxo,
Peanut

P.S. Mommy says I should tell you where to get the book if you want.  You can buy it online here!  Also, Mommy says I should tell you that this is not an affiliate link.  I don’t know what that means, but I do know this: blueberries for everyone!

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