Blackberry Stew

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Hope is sad and angry that her Grandpa Jack has passed away. As she and Aunt Poogee sit on the porch sharing memories of the special times they shared with Grandpa Jack, Hope learns one of life’s most important lessons. She realizes that as long as she has her memories, Grandpa Jack will live on inside of her, and she will never have to say good-bye. This heart-warming story emphasizes the importance of family, love and memories.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2005-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039030, JUV013030, JUV039050
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level M
ATOS Reading Level 3.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 84381
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Reviewed

Author: Isabell Monk

Illustrator: Janice Lee Porter

Janice Lee Porter was born and raised in Chicago. She has a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from California State University, Chico. She is the illustrator of over two dozen children's books and is an art faculty member at Shasta College in Redding, California, where she teaches painting and drawing. She lives in Chico, California.



“An uplifting book that ends with a delicious blackberry stew recipe to tie things together.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Porter’s rich, textured paintings, with their distinctive use of line, are warm and lively.”
Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“The textured paintings nicely depict the child’s emotions. Useful bibliotherapy for children dealing with the loss of a loved one.”
School Library Journal