Doris Buchanan Smith

a taste of blackberries

Selected Works

Juvenile Fiction
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

It blazed the way for the many other grief books that quickly followed, but few have approached the place of honor this one holds

A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES by Doris Buchanan Smith, Illustrated by Charles Robinson, May, 1973

"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 was absent from the genre for a half a century, when E. B. White famously acquainted modern young readers with mortality in the 1952 classic, CHARLOTTE'S WEB (HarperCollins). Even after the success of CHARLOTTE'S WEB, death wasn't something that was easily embraced by children's publishers the way that is today, think "HARRY POTTER."

In his GIANT TREASURY OF GREAT READ-ALOUD BOOKS (Penguin, 2006), Jim Trelease praises A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES: "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."

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