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Overview

A Taste of Blackberries by Doris Buchanan Smith, Michael Wimmer, Mike Wimmer, Mike Wimmer

What do you do without your best friend?

Jamie isn't afraid of anything. Always ready to get into trouble, then right back out of it, he's a fun and exasperating best friend.

But when something terrible happens to Jamie, his best friend has to face the tragedy alone. Without Jamie, there are so many impossible questions to answer — how can your best friend be gone forever? How can some things, like playing games in the sun or the taste of the blackberries that Jamie loved, go on without him?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064402385
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/1992
Series: A Trophy Bk.
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 208,520
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Doris Buchanan Smith is mother to five school-age children, four of her own and one for whom she and her husband are permanent guardians. The Smiths have also been parents to more than twenty-two foster children. Her experiences have given her exceptional insight into the problems of being young as well as those of growing up. Now that her children are in school Mrs. Smith spends a minimum of three hours a day writing. She also likes animals and the woods, and is interested in nature and conservation. A Taste Of Blackberries is her first book.

Mike Wimmer is the illustrator of a number of highly acclaimed picture books, including All the Places to Love, written by Patricia MacLachlan, and Train Song, written by Diane Siebert. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Taste of Blackberries 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
BaileyJ More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book in the third grade and nearly 20 years later, I still get choked up thinking of this story. It must have been very well written to have left such an impression on me! I'd like to read this book again as I plan on introducing it to my own children someday. Highly recommend for third - sixth grade children. 
RandyHS More than 1 year ago
This excellent book by Doris Buchanan Smith is approaching its 40th anniversary - and a million copies sold! Have you read A Taste of Blackberries? I'm the author's son, Randy, and having read it many times over, I can promise it is as fresh and relevant today as it was forty years ago. But not everyone responds the same way to this insightful book! As mom would say, "it's a free country." The subject is weighty for some young readers, and parents and teachers are cautioned to read the book before giving it to your child. That said, you need look no further for a rich and unforgettable reading experience. Howard Randall Smith
kuyabatok More than 1 year ago
A Taste of Blackberries I think this book was great, it is also a fiction story but the story is like a real life story. This was a great book because it's telling how sad if your best friend died. This book followed the step of when someone died like anger. I think more 4th grader has to read it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in fourth grade and read this book with my third grade teacher. It's sad but it teaches you a lesson about friendship. One of my friends cried really hard when Jamie died. I wish Jamie hadn't died, I wish he had lived. Bees can really sometimes annoy me. I'm not a honey eater.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little girl when I read this book. Actually I was recovering from a bad elbow break and couldnt do anything but read(which I still love to do). I just want to thank the author for making that period in time for me better and I recommend it to children of all ages. Both my children have read it and some of my friends children too... GREAT BOOK!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read A Taste of Blackberries when I was in fourth grade. I am now thirty nine years old, and I teach high school English. Blackberries is so poignantly written concerning the death of a young friend that it serves as a comfort for the child, a jumping point to dicuss a personal tragedy with your children and a texbook example of just how to deal with life and death experiences with youth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the book is a great one. It will make you seem like you are in the book. I'm in 6th grade and I loved it. It's one that will make all ages connect, understand, and love the book of Taste of Blackberries. That's why I recommend the Taste of Blackberries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is good for all ages. I'm in 6th grade and I loved it. Jamie is the main character and he is a joker. He loves to trick his friends. He does a lot of things that you would never dream of doing: he hitchhikes rides, stels things, and a lot more dangeres things. I think the Taste of Blackbarries is a great book. You will have to read The Taste of Blackbarries to find out more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it was a good book. It was good because it shows how good of friends they were. And what they did together. It was sad because his best friend, name Jamie,died. It was also a good book because the author gave a lot of detail I liked what they did before Jamie died. Jamie's friend did not let Jamie go. That is why I recommend A Taste of Blackberries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Taste of Blackberries book is good because it reminds me of the real world where no one lives for ever and reality can be cruel somtimes and its no fun to be alone .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy who comes to grips with the tragedy of losing his best friend. This is a very touching book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this when I was a small child,I am 41 yrs old and think about this book often. It is a timeless book that children will love and also has a lesson in it. It may be a good book for children to read that has had a friend die. I am going to be getting this book for my daughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a class assigment in fifth grade and at the time didn't like it. I recently loss someone I loved and this book gives such great insight into what it's like and how to cope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'min 5th grade and just finished it and i thought it was a touching story
Guest More than 1 year ago
I too read this book over twenty years ago and now I have the joy of experiencing it with my daughter as she reads it for the first time. It provides a valuable lesson for readers of any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous tale, as sweet as blackberries! I read this book more than twenty years ago, and the lessons still ring true. Now I want to pass it on to my nieces and nephews. Congratulations Doris Buchanan Smith
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in Elementary school and I never forgot it. I am 37 years old! My little boy is about to read it for the first time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in elementary school and I am 37 years old and still remember it.My little boy is about to read it for the first time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is good.Because it tells about real life i recamand this book to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a book called A Taste of Blackberries By Doris Buchaman Smith. It is about two boy Jamie and his friend.It is in a county town. Something bad happpened. I realized I'm not the only one my age that cries
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked when the speaker solved his problem.It was very interesting book because they loved to do different stuff together. Jamie and the speaker are the main characters.It was probably in the late spring.I liked Mrs.Mullins because she had a garden.