It blazed the way for the many other grief books that quickly followed.

"A believable and poignant tale of friendship, loss, and acceptance." Book Links
When Doris Buchanan Smith set out to find a publisher for A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES, little did she know the book's theme was off-limits. Darker themes had been commonplace in Victorian children's literature, think "OLIVER TWIST," but had become taboo, and remained so until 1952, when E. B. White acquainted young readers with mortality with the classic, CHARLOTTE'S WEB (HarperCollins). Death still was not so easily embraced by children's publishers in 1973 as it is today - think "HARRY POTTER."

Illustrated by Charles Robinson

"The sensitivity with which the attendant sorrow and guilt are treated makes this an outstanding book. 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 (Penguin, 2006)