Saturday, July 22, 2023

A Review of Blueberries for Sal, The Cookbook and the Children's Book

The month of July has been designated as National Blueberry Month. Thus, it seemed appropriate to tell you about two charming books with a blueberry theme: The classic children's book Blueberries for Sal, and a recent blueberries cookbook based on the book. 

Blueberries on a bush

The Author

Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) was an American writer and illustrator who wrote and illustrated eight picture books, winning two Caldecott Medals for his work. Blueberries for Sal has become a children's classic and has now been used as the basis for a blueberry cookbook.

Blueberries for Sal Storybook

Blueberries for Sal storybook by Robert McCloskey

Published in 1948, this charming book has won the hearts of young readers everywhere. Recommended for children 2 to 5 years old, it tells the story of a little girl (Sal) and her mother who go picking blueberries one day. At the same time, a mother bear and her cub also go searching for a feast of blueberries - all on Blueberry Hill.

Somewhere along the line both Sal and the bear cub wander off and end up following the wrong mother. Will each mother go home with the right little one? 

The story takes place near the sea in the pine-covered Maine countryside. It has expressive line drawings in dark blueberry blue to illustrate this charming story.

Click here for Blueberries for Sal Children's Book on Amazon

Blueberries for Sal Cookbook

Illustration from Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

At the end of Robert McCloskey's beloved children's classic Blueberries for Sal, little Sal and her mother brought their blueberries home and started canning their harvest to enjoy all winter long. But there, the story ends. 

Blueberries for Sal Cookbook

With the publication of this Blueberries for Sal Cookbook (June, 2023), you can now share Little Sal's love of blueberries.  The cookbook has thirty family-friendly blueberry-based recipes, giving you many sweet ways to enjoy your own blueberries. 

The recipes include the classics, such as blueberry pie and blueberry muffins, along with breakfast favorites like blueberry coffee cake and delicious desserts of cookies and cupcakes.

The recipes are simple, and many of the steps are easy for children who like to help in the kitchen, like Sal. Most of the recipes work just as well with frozen berries, so you can have these blueberry treats any time of year.

The cookbook uses many of McCloskey's original line drawings, plus a few new illustrations based on the author's distinctive art style. 

Click here for Blueberries for Sal Cookbook on Amazon


Both the original Blueberries for Sal children's book and this new cookbook for blueberries are delightful additions to anyone's home library who love blueberries as much as Sal. 

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  1. What a wonderful children’s book with charming illustrations, and what a delightful idea to create a cookbook with recipes inspired by the story! This pair of books would make a terrific gift for a child?who enjoys helping in the kitchen (or his or her parent).

    Thanks also for mentioning my low carb blueberry scones mix review! Much appreciated.

    1. I love the idea that this classic children's book was used as a basis for a cookbook with blueberry recipes. And happy I could feature your low carb blueberry scones review. It fit right in with my blueberry theme.

  2. I don't believe I have ever read Blueberries for Sal, which is very surprising! We went through hundreds of Early Readers books when my children were little, not to mention the ones I read as a child myself. Clearly, it is past time for me to add this adorable book to my collection and I must have that cookbook! You know how much I love cookbooks :)

    1. Mouse, my daughter has this children's book (she collects children's books, including all the ones we had when she & her brothers were children, and uses them for inspiration for her artwork) and loved the idea I wanted to review it for blueberry month. And, yes, I DO know how much you love cookbooks. :)

  3. These books sound wonderful - my granddaughter loves blueberries; what a lovely sentimental gift to give to her - I love the nostalgic aspect to this book - truly a wonderful find for me here; leave it to reviewthisreviews to introduce me to things I hadn't heard of, thank you

    1. This children's storybook is a classic, for sure, Barbara. It would make a darling gift for your little granddaughter.

  4. "charming' says it all for this vintage book! Perfect for summer blueberry season :)

  5. Pat Austin, this sounds delightful to say the least and as a lover of blueberries I will enjoy those recipes at the end of the book! I love that it is "charming" as so few things are nowadays. Thanks for this review Pat!

  6. I love blueberries and these books sound really lovely and charming. The illustrations in dark blueberry blue are an inspired touch as well. Wonderful to have the blueberry recipes inspired by the story. I think they would make really beautiful gift ideas.


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