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"Few have approached the place of honor this one holds."

A Taste of Blackberries (Ages: 8-12)

I was sixteen when A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES was published. Long after my mother had passed away I wanted to write about her book on Wikipedia. 

 

I knew it was a great book, but I needed to know what critics had said. So I visited the Main Branch of the New York Public Library, one of mom's favorite hang outs whenever she visited NYC. 

 

Here is what I found:

"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."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

"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)