Doris Buchanan Smith

Doris Buchanan Smith

A Taste of Blackberries, 19th Edition

"Few have approached the place of honor this one holds." Jim Trelease

Doris Buchanan Smith (June 1, 1934-August 8, 2002)


My mother was in her office with the door closed, which meant that she was not to be disturbed. You needn't hear her typewriter (there were no personal computers in 1970) to know she was hard at work, writing also involved thinking.

Mom had one simple rule for us; don’t knock on her door between 9 a.m. and noon. Our response was pathetic. One of us would knock to ask for milk money, another for help in resolving a dispute, and yet another would interrupt mom over something utterly ridiculous; all of which could wait until noon.

If anyone telephoned asking for mom, we were to say that she wasn't home, except in a emergency. One morning my Dad answered the phone. Knowing this was a significant phone call, he knocked. At first there was only silence. Then Dad knocked again, adding, “Honey, it’s not life and death, but trust me, you’re home, your home!" An editor from New York was calling to tell mother that her life's ambition had come true, they had accepted her first book. Mom was now a published author!

A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES was released in May, 1973, to wide acclaim and has never gone out of print. 40 years later, it continues to engage readers of all ages!

"It will be difficult to find a children's book this autumn by a new author as good as Doris Buchanan Smith's A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES." © Times Literary Supplement 1975

"The author weaves a believable and poignant tale of friendship, loss, and acceptance." Book Links

"It blazed the way for the many other grief books that quickly followed, but few have approached the place of honor this one holds!" Jim Trelease - Giant Treasury Of Great Read-Aloud Books

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It blazed the way for the many other grief books that quickly followed, but few have approached the place of honor this one holds: Jim Trelease, Giant Treasury Of Great Read-Aloud Books

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