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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
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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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A little girl and her mom lost their home in a fire and everything in their home had went to ashes. Having to move into another house, the girl, mom, and grandma were welcome by the whole entire neighborhood and the neighbors and family friends help with some of the things needed in the house. But all they really wanted was a chair for mommy. So they began to save money in a big glass jar. Any loose change that mommy and grandma had went into the jar. Once the jar was full, the jar is taken to the bank and finally mommy can get her chair with the money that was saved.

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It's a really good family book and shows real love in every page. I like the Hispanic feel and look of it. I like how the little girl is the narrator through out the whole book. I'm glad they finally were about to get mommy's chair.

Classroom Extension:
1) Have students read this book and design their own chair or even furniture they would want in their room or house.
2) Split classroom into even groups and hand them a jar full of coin and have them work on their money counting skills.
  MataSoolua | Mar 26, 2014 |
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. I like this book for its portrayal of a hard-working, loving, working-class family that perseveres through tragedy. I would use this as a mentor text for describing small moments in a larger narrative and zooming in on details. Each page of the story is a small moment that builds to tell the larger story. ( )
  asweet2 | Mar 8, 2014 |
This book was a great read! I really liked that the book was written in first person. The main character brought a lot of insight on her not only her feelings but her families feelings. She gave a lot of background information that helped develop the story. This sort of made the story sound like a journal. For example, "This is because our old chairs burned up. There was a big fire in our other house. All our chairs burned. So did our sofa and so did everything else." The second thing I liked about the story was the characters. The characters actions and voices all seemed very realistic. For example, the mother working as a waitress at a restaurant and saving up all her tips. The author mentioned that some days she'd have a lot of tips while other days she wouldn't have many. This event occurs in real life which made the story very believable.
Overall, I think the big idea of the story is that although a tragedy may occur, things will always turn out to be alright. ( )
  Scrane4 | Mar 6, 2014 |
When read this story to my Kindergarten son, he really wanted to know how their house caught on fire. And he said an audile, "Ohhh!" when the story told us that all of their things were burned up. This would be a good story to talk about fire safety, and saving money for a special reason, and about helping others like the neighbors helped this family when their things were destroyed. It's also about working hard to get what you want while being satisfied with what you have in the meantime. Discussing tragedy is an important topic for showing compassion to each other and building community. A lovely story. ( )
  emerloflores13 | Mar 5, 2014 |
With our focus on material possessions we forget about what is important in life. In this book the characters have lost everything but they are not defeated. Their friends provide them with the necessities of life and they set to work to find a comfortable chair for Mother to put her feet up. This book illustrates that where there is a will there is a way. This book could be put together with "The Gardener" by Sarah Stewart to illustrate the value of a positive attitude. Life can be hard, life events like hard economic times, a house fire, or learning to read can be difficult, but if you adopt the right attitude anything can happen. ( )
  kghaemmaghami | Mar 2, 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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688040748, Paperback)

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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