April 28 – National Blueberry Pie Day

Happy Blueberry Pie Day!

Blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits on the market. They have been given credit for enhancing memory, maintaining normal blood press, reducing blood sugar and symptoms of depression, preventing urinary tract disease, and inhibiting cancer development. It’s no wonder they have a day of their own! I hope you take a minute today to enjoy some blueberries for your physical health and a good book for your mental and emotional health.

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 Blueberries for Sal, written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey (1948) won the Caldecott award in 1949 and remains a classic today. The story is set in Maine, where blueberry pie is the official state dessert. On this particular day, Sal and her mother go to Blueberry Hill to gather blueberries. Sal eats more blueberries than she collects in her bucket and soon wanders away from her mother in search of more and more blueberries. On the other side of Blueberry Hill, mother bear and her cub are also gathering blueberries. As it happens, baby bear wanders away from his mother as well. In the midst of berry picking, Sal and baby bear begin following each other’s mothers instead of their own. Luckily for them, when their mothers realize the problem they quickly run away and are reunited with their own children.

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Dear Mr. Blueberry written and illustrated by Simon James (1996) is not about blueberries, but about a young girl who upon finding a whale in her backyard wading pool writes letters back and forth with her teacher, Mr. Blueberry, asking for advice on taking care of her whale. Mr. Blueberry tries his best to explain to Emily that she could not possibly have a whale in her backyard. In the process of the exchange of information, Emily learns a lot about whales and Mr. Blueberry learns a lot about imagination.

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