______1. The boys discovered that the blackberries were (A) not quite ripe, (B) over- ripe, (C) the best they had been for several years. ______2. The boys. What do you do withoutyour 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 exasperati. Results 1 - 24 of 55 $ 59 Ratings. Digital Download. PDF ( MB). Add to cart. Wish List · Taste of Blackberries Novel Unit / Study Guide / Questions.
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About the author: Nat Reed has been a member of the teaching profession for more than 30 years. He was a full-time instructor for nine years at Trent University . A taste of blackberries by Doris Buchanan Smith; 1 edition; First published in ; Subjects: Accessible book, Protected DAISY, Death. Free A Taste of Blackberries study unit worksheets for teachers to print. Comprehension by A Taste of Blackberries book report form (PDF File) · Customize the.
Jun 28, Noor N rated it it was amazing. The Macon Telegraph. No one ever knew about Jamie's particular medical vulnerability, not even Jamie, and an afternoon of paid fun rounding up herbivorous beetles in glass jars morphs in an instant into a shocking tragedy no one could have foreseen. Then Smith's story appeared, a story in which animals do not stand-in for humans. Perfect for a small book club or the whole class! Chapter , , ,
Should he talk to Jamie's mother or four-year-old sister, Martha, about the boy in their life who was taken too soon? Should he know what the loss means to himself and his family, or how it affects the community, and come up with a meaningful tribute to Jamie based on that knowledge?
Jamie's best friend has no idea how to handle any of this. All he has is his reaction in the present moment, dealing in the next breath with what has been lost and trying to figure out what he wants to do about it.
There are no outside expectations for his response to Jamie's death, leaving him free to react naturally to the tragedy that has touched them all. And in an afternoon of dawning perception as he takes time to listen to what Jamie would say to him now, Jamie's friend comes up with a gesture of love so breathtakingly beautiful in its simplicity of expression, the most hardened readers will be unable to staunch the flow of tears as a boy lost without the friend he has known forever reunites with the spirit of the only one who could ever be a best friend in his life.
The moment is fleeting and bittersweet, but its resounding emotion will never loosen its hold on the reader's heart. Rather than just reading a sad story about friends separated by the perplexing injustice of childhood death, we are invited to fill the shoes of Jamie's friend, to feel his imminent loss as our own, but only after meeting Jamie and getting to have him as our friend a little while, too. Jamie isn't perfect, and there's no need for him to be; who ever heard of a perfect friend?
But he is a friend, along with everything that designation entails, and the loss of a friend forever hits much harder than the death of a paragon of kindness, fairness and virtuosity from afar.
Because we are brought so close to the story by stepping into the position of Jamie's best friend, the sudden loss is much more real and emotional than it would have been, and the final moment as the story closes is as personal and intense as anything I've ever read.
A Taste of Blackberries is a master work of human emotion, perhaps the greatest novel of its size I've encountered. I can scarcely conceive how Doris Buchanan Smith was able to infuse a story of such brevity with so much power, a classic for the ages that will never lose its ability to touch hearts, no matter how much the world changes.
A big part of me wants to give four and a half stars to this book, and had it won the Newbery Medal, I'm not sure I could have come up with a more deserving alternative.
A Taste of Blackberries will always be one of the most memorable, meaningful books I've ever read, and its echo will never cease ringing in my heart. May 07, MLE rated it really liked it Shelves: A gentle story of a boy and his larger than life best friend. I liked the way this story honestly dealt with grief, loss, and the questions we all have when dealing with the death of someone we love.
I appreciate how this book never felt heavy handed, or moralizing. The questions the boy had were treated with respect, and even though the adults couldn't give him concrete answers they gave the love, support, and space he needed so he could deal with his loss, and learn how to move on without his A gentle story of a boy and his larger than life best friend.
The questions the boy had were treated with respect, and even though the adults couldn't give him concrete answers they gave the love, support, and space he needed so he could deal with his loss, and learn how to move on without his best friend.
Jun 29, John Conrad rated it really liked it Shelves: I just saw a book category on someone's shelf named "Books that made me cry". I immediately thought of this book from my childhood and the many times I enjoyed crying over this short but touching book.
Not being an expert on grief, I'm not sure if the author dealt with the topic in a clinically accepted way. To this day, I have never experienced prolonged grief at the loss of a friend or loved one.
However, I think that somewhere deep in my psyche this book has become part of the way I deal with I just saw a book category on someone's shelf named "Books that made me cry". However, I think that somewhere deep in my psyche this book has become part of the way I deal with loss because I read it at such a young age. I do recommend the book for the younger set.
Maybe older people will like it too, but even back when I read it at the tender age of 10, it only took an hour or so to read. Jul 16, Kathy rated it it was amazing.
As a project for my kids, I've asked each member of my family to pick the very first book they remember making an impression on them.
I will purchase the books and each of us will inscribe our choices. This was my choice. A teacher gave me this book to read when I was in the third grade or so and it has stayed with me all these many years since. In re-reading it, I found it just asr meaningful although I met it on a different level and from a different perspective this go-round. I am again dev As a project for my kids, I've asked each member of my family to pick the very first book they remember making an impression on them.
I am again devasted but reminded even more powerfully of the pull and power of books in my life.
Transitional Book This is the touching story of a young boy and his best friend, Jamie. It begins with a scene of them tasting blackberries and discovering that they are not yet ripe, then shows the two of them playing together, wrestling, and exploring. It is obvious that the two are best friends, even though Jamie can be a bit dramatic at times. However one day, while the neighborhood children are picking Japanese beetles from Mrs. Houser's grapevines, Jamie is stung by a bee.
No one knows he i Transitional Book This is the touching story of a young boy and his best friend, Jamie. No one knows he is allergic, and he dies from the sting.
After Jamie's death, the main character has to learn how to cope without his best friend, and has to deal with life's toughest questions at a young age. In the end, he realizes that it is okay to be happy, and that's what Jamie would have wanted. He agrees to spend time with Jamie's family, and picks Jamie's mother a basket of blackberries, which have ripened since the beginning of the story.
The cover of the version of this book that I read was kind of dull. I don't think it would particularly grab the interest of most children, but there are newer versions with different covers that may be more appealing.
The illustrations are simple, black and white sketches of main events of the story. They are realistic, and would help the reader clarify questions that they may have about the main events of the story, so I think they would be helpful.
The chapters are fairly short, but they are longer than the two- or three-page chapters that some chapter books have. I would use this book in literature groups with third, fourth, or fifth grade students. Although the issue of death is a difficult one, I think that students need literature like this that helps them better understand it.
Most students probably even have friends or family that have died suddenly, so this book would be helpful for them and would help them understand their feelings better. Although it is a sad book, it is hopeful in the end, which would be good for students going through these issues.
This would also be a good book to have in a classroom library for independent reading time. Jun 08, Larissa rated it liked it Shelves: Everything changes when Jaime stirs up a bees nest that afternoon.
Many of the neighborhood children get stung, including Jaime, who makes a big show of thrashing around on the ground and yelling. Or at least, everyone thinks it's a big show, until they find out that Jaime was allergic to bee stings.
And the one or two stings he received were actually enough to kill him. Conveying the senselessness of a child's death to young readers is difficult enough, but what makes A Taste of Blackberries even more tragic is the guilt that the narrator feels for ignoring his friend's cries of pain.
Smith handles both aspects of this troubling situation with grace and empathy, allowing the narrator to explore a whole range of emotions and mourn in his own way he feels like he can't eat until after Jaime's funeral.
Equally important, Smith illustrates that caring adults are present everywhere in the narrator's life. Not only his parents, but his neighbors, and even Jaime's mother are there for him as he navigates this difficult time, ready to listen or even just sit quietly with him as he begins to heal. This is an important point for children to take away from such a story--that the adults in their lives are ready and able to be there for them during difficult and painful times.
Nov 11, Sarah Pfingston rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is very unexpected. When reading the cover one would have no clue as to what the story is going to be about. There are two friends Jamie and the Narrator.
Jamie is a free spirit, dare devil, jokester type of kid. The narrator is best friends with Jamie, but they aren't very similar. The book describes different experiences the boys go through together and their day to day life. One day Mrs. Houser ask the boys to get Japanese beetles off her grapevines and Jamie is goofing off with a b This book is very unexpected. Houser ask the boys to get Japanese beetles off her grapevines and Jamie is goofing off with a bee hole.
He ends up getting stung and dies from a bee sting because he was allergic to bees. The story concludes with how the Narrator deals with his best friends death. I loved this book. I think for young readers it may be unexpected and they may not fully understand death,but this is a great child's perspective of what death seems to be like.
I would recommend it for fifth grade or older. The vocabulary isn't terribly hard, but it is a novel so it's somewhat lengthy. Also, there are a few illustration throughout the story. They are sketches with is completely appropriate given the tone of the story. The only negative about this book is that some students may then become terrified of bees, but overall I enjoyed this book Apr 17, Emily Calzi rated it really liked it Shelves: It is the story of two best friends who embark on many adventures together.
The narrator is never named, but we do know his best friend Jamie. Jamie is the jokester, who especially loves attention. The narrator at times cannot stand his friends need for attention, and sometimes takes a break from Jamie. The fun comes to an abrupt halt and the story completely shifts to a sad and upsetting resolution.
This novel honestly and truly speaks for the grief and pain associated with losing a loved one or close friend.
The few illustrations by Mike Wimmer are done realistically and in grey scale. They look as if they are drawn by pencil and pay close attention to detail. They highlight important themes and events that occur in the book.
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