Doris Buchanan Smith

Doris Buchanan Smith

Doris Buchanan Smith, age ten.

"Few have approached the place of honor this one holds!" Giant Treasury Of Great Read-Aloud Books, Jim Trelease

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


DORIS BUCHANAN SMITH was in her office with the door closed, which meant she was not to be disturbed. You needn't hear the sound of her typewriter (personal computers did not exist in 1970) to know that she was hard at work. Writing involved thinking too, and staring at a blank page is often a part of a writers day.

Mom had made a simple request of her active family; allow her 3 hours a day to write, with no interruptions. Our response was sketchy. Inevitably one of us would knock on her door to ask for milk money, another for help in resolving a dispute, yet another with some ridiculous thing; all of which could wait.

If anyone telephoned asking for Mom, we were supposed to say that she was not at home, unless it was an emergency. One morning my Dad answered the phone and realizing it was an important call, he knocked on mom's office door. At first there was silence. Dad knocked again and said, “Honey, it’s not life and death, but trust me, you’re home, your home!" An editor was calling from New York to tell my mother her life's ambition had come true, her first book would be published.

A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES was released in May, 1973, and has never gone out of print. More that 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." Giant Treasury Of Great Read-Aloud Books, Jim Trelease

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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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