Friday, September 17, 2010

Blueberries for Sal- Updated

I was reading this children's classic to Kiddo tonight at bedtime and was suddenly struck by a more modern version of the book in my head. To be sure, Robert McCloseky's book is beautiful and inherently benevolent, something I look for in the children's books I share with son and students. But the endpages, where we see Little Sal's mother calmly canning blueberries after The Bear Encounter, Little Sal playing with the wooden spoon and canning rings?

I think an illustration of Little Sal's mother sitting with her head in her hands, having a Very Stiff Drink and promising herself to bring a rifle the next time she goes to Blueberry Hill is more like it.

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