Tuesday, April 3, 2012


You've probably heard all about the benefits of blueberries. If not, you can find them here.
It's not difficult to get most children to eat blueberries.
Fairly sweet. Shaped like a ball. Blue. Now that's a fun food!
Of course, not everyone is so easily swayed.
Try a great read aloud to "sweeten" the deal. (I couldn't resist)

A classic picture book, Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey, might be the invitation needed for your picky eater to give blueberries a go. If it doesn't change their dietary habits, they can still enjoy a sentimental favorite about a little girl, a little bear, and blueberry picking.

 Little Sal and her mother head to Blueberry Hill to gather berries to make preserves for the winter. On the other side of the hill, Little Bear and his mother are also looking for berries to eat, preparing to sleep through the winter. There's a bit of a mix-up where's things could get scary. Rest assured, everyone ends up safe and sound with plenty of berries.

I love all the little things that happen in this story. The attention to the sound of the berries dropping into the buckets. Kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk. The way the little ones wander, lost in their own worlds. The tension that builds when Little Sal and the mother bear find one another.
There's a lot to this little book.

Even if you don't like blueberries, you can still "pick" a winner with this read aloud. (I really couldn't resist)

Music Extension Idea:
Singing with young children is my second favorite activity after reading to them.
Here's a little song to share that's sung to the tune, "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"

Oh Sal and her Mother went walking
All over the Blueberry Hill
They wanted to pick sweet ripe berries
And each had a tin pail to fill

Sing it through a couple times, then hand out little buckets or containers and have the children pretend to fill them as they sing.

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