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A Taste of Blackberries Paperback – December 28, 2004
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"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found a very difficult topic handled with honesty and sensitivity.Published 14 months ago by bob matero
So if you want to make kids sad with a book about someone dying, this one is all right, but it's not as good as Where the Red Fern Grows or Charlotte's Web because you don't fall... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Doug Warren
I read this book as a 3rd grader back in the 1980s. First off, this book is poorly written. It's like Hemingway for elementary schoolers. Read morePublished 17 months ago by BB
I gave this to my niece. She remembered the story from middle school.
She loved the gift and the memories it brought her.
This book was one of my coworker's favorite. She passed away a few months ago. I purchased a copy for me and the school where we worked for the library.Published on October 17, 2013 by Cheryl B.
I used this book to help kids discuss how death of a friend or family member affected their lives. It is easy reading and helps kids share their feelings.Published on September 9, 2013 by Terryl Hartman