Tuesday, August 9, 2011
blueberries for sal
from the early 80's to the early 90's (when my children were young) i illustrated 7 children's books. these included al pittman's "one wonderful fine day for a sculpin named sam", john steffler's "flights of magic" (which was nominated for a governor general's award for illustration), and robert munch's "get me another one". so children's books (and their illustrations particularly) have always inspired my imagination.
"blueberrries for sal" by robert mccloskey is a book that i loved as a child. a book my children loved. and now my grandchildren. it's about little sal and her mother going blueberry picking and encountering a mumma bear and her cub. i love the illustration of them returning home and canning the blueberries in their farm kitchen. i always think of sal when i pick blueberries