Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Blueberries For Sal -- and Ember

2011 has been a great year for our little blueberry patch -- and our little blueberry-loving granddaughter. I was thrilled to get this candid shot of her involved in one of her favorite summer activities. Some of the most beautiful pleasures in life are the simple ones -- like this one -- unplanned and serendipitously (my own word) perfect! 

Ember in the blueberry patch,  July 2011

The toddler
The countryside
The blueberries
The the old fashioned print of her dress....

                                made me think of a treasured book....

In 1949 Robert McCloskey won the Caldecott Honor award for his children's book, Blueberries For Sal. It was very popular in the 1960's and 70's (when I was a little girl), and in the 1980's and 90's when my children were little. This book with it's timeless story and charming block print illustrations has already won the attention of three generations of children. If you haven't read it, find a little person and snuggle up together -- before the blueberries have all ripened

What were the classic picture books of your childhood? 


  1. That picture is adorable! And so close to the picture book.

    I love reading my children Madeline books. I just like the way the words feel coming out of my mouth. I'm a selfish reader that way ;)

  2. Not selfish at all. Some books - even novels - just beg to be read aloud.

    Madeline! Forgot about her and her trip to the hospital in the middle of the night.... Thanks!

  3. Found your blog from Shelly. Love the post. I always loved The Velveteen Rabbit and The Hundred Dresses. The Hundred Dresses always makes me cry.

  4. Missi, thanks for the book ideas. I can't believe I've still never read The Hundred Dresses. It keeps coming up.
    The Velveteen Rabbit was my mom's favorite and she read it to us many times.

  5. That book is a perfect compliment to the picture Lacie, right down to the tousled hair. Dr. Seuss books were always popular with me growing up--especially Yertle the Turtle, and the Happy Birthday Book. To this day, I still say "Beg your pardon King Yertle!" to the kids when someone is acting the part! We read the Happy Birthday book every time we have a birthday, from my old delapidated copy.

  6. Whoops, I posted my last comment as Emily not Connie!

  7. I love this book Lacie - I've recommended Robert McCloskey to two different people recently, this book along with "One Morning in Maine" and "Make Way for Ducklings." I loved his "Homer Price" books when I was a little older.

    Picture books ... wow. We loved "The Bear That Heard Crying." And "The Eleventh Hour" - I think by Edward Graeme? All of the Babar books ... Dr. Seuss ... Also, more recently have fallen in love with Rachel Ann Nunes' "Daughter of a King" and "The Secret of the King"


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