Doris Buchanan Smith

A Taste of Blackberries

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

Illustrated by Charles Robinson

"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 its theme was off-limits. Death had been a common theme in Victorian children's literature, think "OLIVER TWIST," but the subject had been considered taboo for more than a half a century, when the E. B. White 1952 classic, CHARLOTTE'S WEB (HarperCollins) acquainted modern young readers with mortality. Even then, death was not as easily embraced by children's publishers as it is today - think "HARRY POTTER."

"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)

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A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES 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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