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A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

A Chair for My Mother (original 1982; edition 1984)

by Vera B. Williams

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Title:A Chair for My Mother
Authors:Vera B. Williams
Info:Demco Media (1984), Turtleback
Collections:Your library
Tags:Inspirational, Family, Hard Work, Money, Chair, Realistic Fiction

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A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams (1982)



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I liked this book for many reasons. First, I feel that the characters are well developed; in the book we learn about each character and their personality. For example, we learn that Rosa, the narrator, wants to get the chair because her mother works so hard to provide for them. I also like the illustrations; I really enjoy how colorful they are and how much detail there is. I like that the story shows perseverance and can give children hope after a family tragedy. Rosa's family lost everything, but they did not give up. The worked even harder to earn the things that they missed most from the fire. The message of this story is that when you work together, you can conquer anything. ( )
  estree1 | Feb 14, 2015 |
I thought this book might be as sad as Fly Away Home, but it's really uplifting. In the beginning, a girl, her mother, and her grandmother survive a fire that destroy their apartment. They stay with relatives until a new apartment in their building is ready, but when they move in, it's really "empty." They buy "hard kitchen chairs," but they can't afford any nice, soft furniture that they could relax on. So her mother brings home a big jar from the diner at which she waits tables, and the three of them start to put all of their spare coins into the jar. Finally, they save up enough to get a big comfortable chair and the girl's mother can come home from work and put her feet up. It was a nice happy ending to the sad story.
This is a good book for normalizing "working class" families or families who are "paycheck to paycheck." They experienced a traumatic event, losing their home. In addition to it being difficult emotionally, it's also a financial hardship. But the way the family reacts to it is that they work hard in order to buy an item that would restore a feeling of comfort and safety in their home. ( )
  hphipp2 | Dec 5, 2014 |
This book is about a family who looses everything in a horrible fire. Ever since the fire, there isn't a comfortable place to sit in the apartment. everything is burned to charcoal and ash. Rosa, her mother and grandmother save up all their coins just to purchase a very comfortable chair for all of them to share. The point of the story is that they worked as a family and didn't give up on one another. They searched and searched until they found the perfect chair for all three of them. ( )
  emilyann93 | Dec 2, 2014 |
In my opinion, “A Chair for My Mother” is an extraordinary picture book for children to read. It is one of the warmest children’s books that I have ever read. The plot is the best part of the story because it is very relatable for many children. The story tells of a mother and little girl who live together in the city. The mother works as a waitress at a diner, and she struggles to pay the bills. The little girl and her mother had recently lost everything they owned in a fire. The little girl sometimes meets her mother at the diner and helps. They put their coins that they get from the job into a jar. They want to get a chair with the money once they have enough. The mother’s feet are always hurting her from work, and she really just wants a big, comfy chair. The writing is very appealing because the book is entirely narrated by the little girl in the story. The little girl’s point of view makes the story so much more endearing. For example, the little girl says, “Sometimes my mama is laughing when she comes home from work. Sometimes she’s so tired she falls asleep while I count the money into piles. Some days she has lots of tips. Some days only a little. Then she looks worried. But each evening every single shiny coin goes into the jar.” The colorful, eye-catching illustrations are very engaging. The illustrations consist of fine paintings that capture the various emotions that the little girl and mother feel throughout the book. Towards the end of the story, the girl and her mother have enough coins to go get the chair that they want. The mother and daughter lay in the chair together and fall asleep. This story pushes readers to broaden their perspectives about what is really important in life. The big idea is to teach students that “It is not what you have that matters. The people that are by your side matter.” ( )
  sstelz2 | Oct 30, 2014 |
This was a fiction picture book for students in 1st grade. It is appropriate for these students because they could read most, if not all, of the words and comprehend the themes in the book. First graders would also enjoy this book. A young girl and family is saving all of their extra money in a jar. They are saving to buy a big, comfy, rose covered, arm chair. They didn't have one because they had a fire in their home. It was a good book because it showed making some positives out of a negative situation, a community and a family uniting in a time of need, and perseverance. ( )
  nhassa3 | Oct 7, 2014 |
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to the memory of my mother, Rebecca Poringer Baker
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My mother works as a waitress in the Blue Tile Diner.
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a book about giving
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After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save and save until they can afford to buy one big, comfortable chair that all three of them can enjoy.After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother and grandmother save their coins to buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy. "A superbly conceived picture book expressing the joyful spirit of a loving family."--Horn Book.

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A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire.

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