"Few have approached the place of honor this one holds."
A Taste of Blackberries (Ages: 8-12)
DORIS BUCHANAN SMITH won the Josette Frank Award for "outstanding literary merit in which children or young people deal in a positive and realistic way with difficulties in their world and grow emotionally and morally"; the Georgia Children's Book Award; the Children's Best Book Prize Netherlands (Zilveren Griffel); and Georgia Author of the Year, all for A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES. "Smith deals honestly and emphatically with the range of emotions. The story is not an elegy, but a celebration of the continuity of the life-death cycle." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). "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-London)
"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 (London)
"A CELEBRATION of the continuity of the life-death cycle."
"ONE OF THE SEMINAL CHILDREN'S BOOKS on the subject of death."
School Library Journal
"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 Books)