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A Taste of Blackberries Paperback – December 28, 2004
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In Smith's moving story, a prank ends in tragedy, and a boy must learn to live not only with the loss of a friend, but with the feeling that he could have prevented it. Ages 7-10.
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"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, The Read-Aloud Handbook, Sixth Edition, 2006
"Smith deals honestly and emphatically with the range of emotions... the story is not, however, an elegy; but a celebration of the continuity of the life-death cycle." The Atlanta Journal, 1973, Cynthia Westway
"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, 1975, David Rees
"Rightfully viewed, along with Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia, 1977, as one of the seminal children's books on the subject of death." School Library Journal, Ann Welton, 2002
"An honest, touching story." -- ALA Booklist
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I'd like also to say that this is a fairly short book, written for children. It does not deal with all of the more complex, dark issues and feelings that can be associated with death, nor should it. As I said it's written for kids. I personally found the ending of the book to be realistic, yet uplifting and hopeful.
The 4th grade teacher was not my favorite and, all year, I had found incidents and issues to address--but he was right on when he tearfully read A Taste of Blackberries to the class. It was a springboard for discussion and for expression of grief. My son recounted the story to me on that Friday afternoon after school. When I told a co-worker about the book, she immediately ordered it for my son. We've shared it through these years, one of the best tools I've ever known for dealing with a child's death. I encourage you to keep a copy on your shelf. We are ordering another copy today.
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