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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.


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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.

30 review for A Chair for My Mother

  1. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    The artwork looks like watercolors. I loved the colored backgrounds and the flower covered armchair. This is a sweet story of a family saving up to buy a new chair after they lost their stuff in a house fire. The mother is a waitress. It’s a sweet story of hard work paying off. The niece loved the chair and she thought the story was good. She gave this 3 stars. The nephew didn’t care much for the story. He doesn’t really save money. He gets a little and spends it, so he didn’t notice how long the The artwork looks like watercolors. I loved the colored backgrounds and the flower covered armchair. This is a sweet story of a family saving up to buy a new chair after they lost their stuff in a house fire. The mother is a waitress. It’s a sweet story of hard work paying off. The niece loved the chair and she thought the story was good. She gave this 3 stars. The nephew didn’t care much for the story. He doesn’t really save money. He gets a little and spends it, so he didn’t notice how long they have to save for this. He gave this 1 star.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Vera B. William's A Chair for my Mother is simply, utterly beautiful, both ascetically and morally, philosophically. Engagingly, with an ever-present but still delightfully understated emotionality, and thus, without too much exaggeration and pathos, it features both struggle/pain and joy. Rosa's family is poor (and I think that Rosa's mother might also be also a single parent), and has suffered a terrible loss due to a destructive fire that has basically left them without material possessions ( Vera B. William's A Chair for my Mother is simply, utterly beautiful, both ascetically and morally, philosophically. Engagingly, with an ever-present but still delightfully understated emotionality, and thus, without too much exaggeration and pathos, it features both struggle/pain and joy. Rosa's family is poor (and I think that Rosa's mother might also be also a single parent), and has suffered a terrible loss due to a destructive fire that has basically left them without material possessions (including a comfortable chair for Rosa's mother to relax on when she comes home tired from her low wage paying waitressing job at a local diner), but thankfully, both the grandmother and the pet cat escaped the fire with no injuries (although it did take a while to locate the cat). The fire, the loss Rosa's family has experienced notwithstanding, the text, the narrative of A Chair for My Mother, while definitely showing the destruction the conflagration has caused and presenting Rosa's family as being among the so-called working poor, is primarily optimistic and features mostly positives, such as family togetherness, community, how after the fire, Rosa's family and neighbours (many of whom are likely as economically strapped as Rosa's mother) rally to provide moral, emotional support and necessary furniture (Rosa, her mother and grandmother move in with family until they are able to relocate to a downstairs apartment, with neighbours and family donating beds, tables, chairs and curtains, along with necessary kitchen utensils). And although it does take some time for the family to save enough coins, to save enough money to be able to purchase a large, comfortable chair (primarily for Rosa's hardworking mother, but also for the grandmother to sit back and relax while preparing food), one day, the jar is full, and a comfortable chair beckons as a reality, and no longer just a dream (showing not only a sweet and happy ending, but also demonstrating that patience, perserverence, that saving ones coins, can and does make a difference). The accompanying illustrations are bright, lively and expressive (both emotion and movement, the destructive power of the fire, as well as community spirit that sustains and nourishes Rosa's family in their hours of need are evocatively depicted). And although by themselves, I would probably not consider them personal favourites, I do love the colour schemes used, and consider the illustrations a more than fitting compliment and complement to the narrative, the storyline recounted in and with A Chair for my Mother.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Malbadeen

    A book about a chair! It's about a chair! A house has burnt down and people have jobs and etc, etc, but the book is about a chair and the people that sit in it. I LOVE this book! I also love this book because it flies in the face of the ever present argument that we force the "beginning, middle, end" and "first, next, then, finally" format on students. "HA! SEE, SEE what i mean"?!?! I want to say when i read this book. I want to say it to everyone everywhere. See, even in kids books. It's there, th A book about a chair! It's about a chair! A house has burnt down and people have jobs and etc, etc, but the book is about a chair and the people that sit in it. I LOVE this book! I also love this book because it flies in the face of the ever present argument that we force the "beginning, middle, end" and "first, next, then, finally" format on students. "HA! SEE, SEE what i mean"?!?! I want to say when i read this book. I want to say it to everyone everywhere. See, even in kids books. It's there, the structure of the story is propelled by the STORY not by the formula. Throw your stupid graphic organizers away and quite talking to me about your GD "transitional words" This book starts in the present, moves to the past and ends in a present that has moved forward without being explicitly narrated. I LOVE this book. I really, really, really love this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katie Carson

    Author Vera B. Williams does a wonderful job telling the tale of a young girl and her mother and their dedication to restoring their lives back to normal following a fire that burned all their possessions in their home. The idea of having your home and catch on fire and losing all your possessions is a fear that many of us have. It's a terrible circumstance that everyone can consider how they would handle and begin to rebuild their life after. This common fear and questioning make this book a pe Author Vera B. Williams does a wonderful job telling the tale of a young girl and her mother and their dedication to restoring their lives back to normal following a fire that burned all their possessions in their home. The idea of having your home and catch on fire and losing all your possessions is a fear that many of us have. It's a terrible circumstance that everyone can consider how they would handle and begin to rebuild their life after. This common fear and questioning make this book a perfect example of contemporary realistic fiction. "A Chair for My Mother" teaches readers lessons in hard work, empathy and appreciation throughout the story. The pages of this book are filled with bright, beautifully crafted illustrations, outlined by frames that connect one page to the next. This was one of my favorite books growing up and was thrilled to reconnect with it again!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fjóla

    Maybe this is a necessary read, but it is not a very enjoyable one. I would actually save it until ready to tackle a plethora of social issues with your child. I would have thought the story was more dated, but no, it's only from 1982 (although you could say 30 years is a long, long time) and I suppose we should presume the issues presented in the story are still to date. It is a bit hard to picture though, in this age of everybody buying all their heart's desires in a whim - on credit(!) The st Maybe this is a necessary read, but it is not a very enjoyable one. I would actually save it until ready to tackle a plethora of social issues with your child. I would have thought the story was more dated, but no, it's only from 1982 (although you could say 30 years is a long, long time) and I suppose we should presume the issues presented in the story are still to date. It is a bit hard to picture though, in this age of everybody buying all their heart's desires in a whim - on credit(!) The story is very realistic and forces the child to think in terms of other people's needs and desires, so it's a good lesson in altruism. But in many ways it's a bit too realistic for my taste, and I would prefer to spare my son having to worry about lacking money for basics, his parents being too tired from work to interact or play with him, or having his house burn down, until he's a little bigger, say 7-8 years old. Actually, I would rather not he have concerns about money at all, until he's quite a bit older (and I say this as someone growing up as the oldest sibling in a single parent household)! Sadly though, this is probably a story kids should be reading, should it be sooner rather than later, and whether it's because this is their reality or because they're so completely detached from it ... I hesitated between rating the book 2 or 3 stars, as I didn't take any pleasure from it and I didn't really care all that much for the illustrations.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    A Chair for My Mother Reading Level: Easy Reader, Ages 4-8 Genre: Fiction, Realistic Fiction Illustrator: This is a sweet story intended for elementary age students. The story touches on themes such as family life, saving, hard work, and hardship to an extent. The story is told from the perspective of a little girl who lives with her mother. The mom appears to be a single mother with close extended family that lives close by, with the grandmother being one of the three main characters. The story be A Chair for My Mother Reading Level: Easy Reader, Ages 4-8 Genre: Fiction, Realistic Fiction Illustrator: This is a sweet story intended for elementary age students. The story touches on themes such as family life, saving, hard work, and hardship to an extent. The story is told from the perspective of a little girl who lives with her mother. The mom appears to be a single mother with close extended family that lives close by, with the grandmother being one of the three main characters. The story begins with the daughter telling how she and her mother are saving money for a new chair. Throughout the story, you learn the reason why they are saving money for a new chair. Their house had burned down and they lost all of their belongings in the fire. In finding their way to a new apartment, the generosity by neighbors and the family is brought forth displaying a strong sense of community, and family. Finally they have enough money to buy their big comfy chair for their new apartment. They are tired from working so hard and thoroughly enjoy the rest, and comfort symbolized by the new chair. I liked how the story includes three generations of women, their close bond, and hard work.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This is another one of my favorites. For years I dreamed of saving a great big jar of coins. Only now am I actually doing it (with the Staffer of course). Anyway, there's a little girl, and there's a fire, and she lives with her mom and grandma, and her mom is so tired after work and has to sit in a kitchen chair to rest, so they save up all their coins and...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cortnee Hill

    Genre: Realistic Fiction Reading Level: Early Reader; Ages 3-8; 1st-3rd Grade This book is filled with images of family and love, accompanied by pages of vivid color and detailed illustrations that truly captivate the eyes of young readers. In short, this book is about a mother, daughter, and grandmother who experience the loss of items due to a fire and how they work together as a family and community to pull the pieces of their lives back together. While this is a simple tale of love between fam Genre: Realistic Fiction Reading Level: Early Reader; Ages 3-8; 1st-3rd Grade This book is filled with images of family and love, accompanied by pages of vivid color and detailed illustrations that truly captivate the eyes of young readers. In short, this book is about a mother, daughter, and grandmother who experience the loss of items due to a fire and how they work together as a family and community to pull the pieces of their lives back together. While this is a simple tale of love between family and community it has some very important themes for young children to understand and grasp. These include but are not limited to: Responsibility, Family, Community, Change, Money, Culture. Particularly, what I loved most about the book is how Vera B. Williams displayed the interconnectedness of different cultures working together to achieve a common goal, which reminds me of the old saying, "It takes a village..." I believe this book can be most appropriately used in the classroom when talking about a unit on community and working together. I also believe this is a wonderful book that I would read to my students at the beginning of the school year, as some of the themes such as Responsibility, Culture, and Community are important when working together throughout the school year. I highly recommend this book to be apart of any teachers classroom library. Although this book is short and sweet and relatively easy for children to grasp it's themes and content can provide rich, creative learning experiences and conversations for students that can stretch beyond the classroom. I hope that you can enjoy this book as much as I did. I'm sure your students would appreciate it and enjoy it even more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paige Scott

    1) This book is about a little girl that has been through a lot in her life so far. The house that her, her mother, and her grandmother lived in burnt up, and they lost everything. All of the neighbors were kind enough to bring them everything they could for their new apartment, however they still had no chair. Therefore, the mother and daughter collected a big jar and would fill it with coins everytime they got some, and everytime the mother would come home from work with money. The jar finally 1) This book is about a little girl that has been through a lot in her life so far. The house that her, her mother, and her grandmother lived in burnt up, and they lost everything. All of the neighbors were kind enough to bring them everything they could for their new apartment, however they still had no chair. Therefore, the mother and daughter collected a big jar and would fill it with coins everytime they got some, and everytime the mother would come home from work with money. The jar finally got full, and they went down the bank to cash it all in. Then they all went chair shopping and found the perfect chair, and now after all the hard work the mother can finally come home and relax after work. 2) Age Level: 4-8 years old Grade level: Kindergarten-3rd grade 3) Appropriate classroom use of this book could be used in a math lesson about money, or during a reading lesson 4) Individual students who might benefit from this book might be a student who has gone through a fire before and knows what that is like, or someone that collects money in a jar or piggy bank just like they do in the book. 5) Small group use of this book could be used as a math lesson and counting our own coins in a jar and grouping them together to see how many coins we have and what they add up to. 6) Whole class use of this book could be used to teach the students that you have to work for what you have, and that hard work pays off in the end. This might even motivate them to save money in a jar. 7) Related Books: The Nice Book, Those Shoes, & How Kind! 8) There is an audible version available for purchase on Amazon, but there is also a YouTube video of someone reading it with the pictures.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tavia

    A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams, is a story about a little girl, her mother, and her grandmother. The story is told in the little girls point of view. She begins by informing the reader how hard her mother and her work to save money, and grandma often chips in. The narrator continues to explain why they are saving their money in a giant jar for a special chair. She begins to tell the story of how her family home burned down. She reveals that after the unfortunate fire several people th A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams, is a story about a little girl, her mother, and her grandmother. The story is told in the little girls point of view. She begins by informing the reader how hard her mother and her work to save money, and grandma often chips in. The narrator continues to explain why they are saving their money in a giant jar for a special chair. She begins to tell the story of how her family home burned down. She reveals that after the unfortunate fire several people throughout the community came and gave them donations of all sorts, but they still did not have a big comfy chair to rest in at the end of the day. After the narrator finishes telling the story of how their house burned down, she reveals that they finally saved enough money to buy a big comfy chair. So her and her family shop and shop, until they finally find the perfect chair. This book relates to the cultural topic: family, because it resembles a single parent family. This book is realistic fiction and includes a plot that is very interesting. I was shocked to find that the author begin to tell the story from the place at which the characters were currently at in their lives and then went back to tell us how they arrived to that point. The pictures in this book are a good representation of what is taking place, and clearly depict the character and the story line. This book exposes children to a different way of life culturally.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie Gallagher

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After a fire destroys all of their furniture and belongings, the neighbors all help out by donating or buying things for their new apartment. Rosa, her mother and grandmother start saving up their money to buy a nice comfortable chair for everyone to sit in and relax. Rosa is about 9 years old. The story is told through her eyes and of what she sees her hardworking mother go through in order to support her family. She helps her mother at the diner after school. She takes note of her mother’s emo After a fire destroys all of their furniture and belongings, the neighbors all help out by donating or buying things for their new apartment. Rosa, her mother and grandmother start saving up their money to buy a nice comfortable chair for everyone to sit in and relax. Rosa is about 9 years old. The story is told through her eyes and of what she sees her hardworking mother go through in order to support her family. She helps her mother at the diner after school. She takes note of her mother’s emotions after work. For some reason, this was the book that I borrowed almost every day in Kindergarten till 3rd grade and made my mother read it. I enjoy this book because of the closeness of the relationship between the mother and daughter. The mother and daughter were always with each other and doing things together. I felt that their family had such a hard working attitude toward their jobs and toward saving money. I liked the way the family reacted to the hardship and how uplifting it was to see all of their neighbors helping them out. It was amazing to hear how the first thing the mother asked when hearing about the fire was about her mother and not about her possessions. This book shows the hardships of life and how one family reacted to it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    I believe this is a great diversity/realistic story to read to young children. It talks about a family that home caught fire and they lost everything inside. Although neighbors and friends were donating things for them the family decided to come together and save to buy themselves a big comfortable chair. They really wanted it for the mother because she works all day in a diner standing and the grandmother and daughter really wanted her too come home and relax on something very comfortable. So t I believe this is a great diversity/realistic story to read to young children. It talks about a family that home caught fire and they lost everything inside. Although neighbors and friends were donating things for them the family decided to come together and save to buy themselves a big comfortable chair. They really wanted it for the mother because she works all day in a diner standing and the grandmother and daughter really wanted her too come home and relax on something very comfortable. So they searched and searched until they found the perfect chair to put in their home. I would read this book to children starting as early as preschool. The Author/illustrator made the pictures very realistic and colorful for the story of A Chair for My Mother.I can relate to this story myself because my home caught fire and I lost half of everything I owned also. I love this book. Vera B.Williams created great appealing books for children. This book reminded me of myself when my house caught fire in 2010. I didn't loose my complete house but it was enough that that i had to by over and other friends and family were their to help. So i can relate to how they felt.

  13. 5 out of 5

    L-Crystal Wlodek

    A Chair for My Mother is for kindergarten-third grade students and is a Caldecott Honor book (1983). This book is about a girl named Rosa, her mother, and grandmother who live together and live from paycheck to paycheck after their home and possessions were destroyed by a fire. They decide to save any extra money in a big jar until they can afford to buy one big comfortable chair that all three of them can enjoy. This story is heartwarming and tender and has themes of love, family, strength, and A Chair for My Mother is for kindergarten-third grade students and is a Caldecott Honor book (1983). This book is about a girl named Rosa, her mother, and grandmother who live together and live from paycheck to paycheck after their home and possessions were destroyed by a fire. They decide to save any extra money in a big jar until they can afford to buy one big comfortable chair that all three of them can enjoy. This story is heartwarming and tender and has themes of love, family, strength, and determination It is a simple story, with depth and spontaneity. The illustrations are done in watercolor in an expressionistic style. They are colorful and energetic and have a cozy feel. Intense roses, blues, yellows, and greens represent strength, energy, and determination. The text and illustrations completely complement each other. This story would be best used in the classroom when discussing character counts topics and situations concerning responsibility and helping one another, as well as family and determination.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christi Dukette

    After a devastating fire in their last apartment destroyed many of their belongings, leaving nothing but piles of ashes, a single mother and her daughter begin to rebuild. Friends and neighbors have helped them by bringing them the basic furniture and things they need to their new apartment. Because her mother works so hard, on her feet all day, the little girl wants her mother to be able to rest in a soft, comfortable chair after long days at the Blue Tile Diner. Grandmother collects the change After a devastating fire in their last apartment destroyed many of their belongings, leaving nothing but piles of ashes, a single mother and her daughter begin to rebuild. Friends and neighbors have helped them by bringing them the basic furniture and things they need to their new apartment. Because her mother works so hard, on her feet all day, the little girl wants her mother to be able to rest in a soft, comfortable chair after long days at the Blue Tile Diner. Grandmother collects the change in a jar from bargains she discovers at the market, all of them save their coins for a long time hoping to get a soft place to land for Mother. When the jar is finally filled, they roll the coins and head out with Grandmother to search for the perfect chair. After looking in four different stores they come across the perfect chair that is exactly what they were looking for, “just right". Teaching ideas: Helping other people or Working toward a goal. Students could set a goal of their own and list the steps needed to reach it. Interest level: k-2, GLE 3.8, Lexile 640L, DRA 24, GR M

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is a fantastic story. It's a heartwarming story with a lot of depth for a children's book. It teaches about saving without being too preachy and it also is a great example about giving generously to those who need it. Our girls enjoyed this story and I loved it. This book was selected as one of the books for the May 2016- Caldecott Honors discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads. This book was also selected as one of the books for the May 2018 - Bost This is a fantastic story. It's a heartwarming story with a lot of depth for a children's book. It teaches about saving without being too preachy and it also is a great example about giving generously to those who need it. Our girls enjoyed this story and I loved it. This book was selected as one of the books for the May 2016- Caldecott Honors discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads. This book was also selected as one of the books for the May 2018 - Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award Winners 1983-1990 discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Toree Howe

    •This story is about a tragedy and how the family is coping with the aftermath. It is about saving for something special and the importance of friends and family. •Many children don’t have everything they need. I like how this story gives an example of one little girl but focuses on the important things in her life. •This can be used with children to start a discussion of the important things in their lives and how it is important to do things for others. Read aloud for 1st through 3rd. Used to le •This story is about a tragedy and how the family is coping with the aftermath. It is about saving for something special and the importance of friends and family. •Many children don’t have everything they need. I like how this story gives an example of one little girl but focuses on the important things in her life. •This can be used with children to start a discussion of the important things in their lives and how it is important to do things for others. Read aloud for 1st through 3rd. Used to lead to a deeper discussion with both younger and older students.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jinya Situ

    I like this book because we can teach young children how to care about their mother. This book is telling about Rosa ,her mother and grandmother save money for buying a comfortable chair after their house burned in a fire. I think children will say things like this my mommy will lay on our comfortable chair after she finished her job.i would ask children question like this do you love your mother,how you make your mother feel happy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hayley DeRoche

    There are so many things to love about this classic: the portrayal of a house fire and its aftermath and the way neighbors ought to help each other; a family that experiences routine financial tightness; a multigenerational family living together...the list goes on. The story being told from the point-of-view of a child is still compelling and rich, and the payoff at the end is sweet and satisfying. It's a classic for a reason.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is such a beautiful story! This has so many different topics like family, hardships,hardwork, love and generosity. This family faced a tragedy as they lost their belongings in a fire. Rosa, her mother and grandmother save a their loose change to purchase a comfy chair they can all use. They are so dedicated in restoring their lives after such a tragic event.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    My daughter received this book for Christmas and we read it aloud together. A lovely story about hardship, tragedy, yet about love, hard work, savings, with an eventual happy ending. We both enjoyed this one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Johnson

    Vera B. Williams’ A Chair for My Mother is a beautiful story of the three strong women. The story of hardship and struggle is told by a young girl. The young girl describes to the readers how her mother, grandmother, and herself have been saying money to purchase a chair. We learn that the family lost everything they had in an apartment fire. The family is able to save and finally have “A Chair for My Mother” at the end of the story. This realistic fiction text is so much more than a story of a Vera B. Williams’ A Chair for My Mother is a beautiful story of the three strong women. The story of hardship and struggle is told by a young girl. The young girl describes to the readers how her mother, grandmother, and herself have been saying money to purchase a chair. We learn that the family lost everything they had in an apartment fire. The family is able to save and finally have “A Chair for My Mother” at the end of the story. This realistic fiction text is so much more than a story of a family restarting after a fire. Elementary students of all ages can enjoy and learn from the many social justice themes such as hard work, community compassion, family strength, saving, perseverance, and overcoming hardship. I used this book in my own classroom to spark discussion about community involvement and responsibility. As we read the story I found my students being drawn in more and more as they saw the members of the neighborhood come together to give to this family after the fire. This is WOW book for me due to the response my Kindergarteners had. I was shocked at the engagement and response to the story. At the conclusion of the story my classroom was filled with hands raised and excited eyes. Students wanted to share how they had either helped a family in the past or brainstormed ways they would like to help others in their community. We also used this book when discussing about what being thankful means to them. Many students referred back to this text. Some students explained how they were thankful for their homes like the family was for their new apartment. Others shared how they were thankful to live in a town or area where other people cared about them and were always willing to help. I look forward to using this book in the future with my students as a way to introduce a service project and show the big impact they can make on someone else’s life by giving to others.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Esther Soberanis

    Text-to Teaching Connection A Chair For Your Mother by Vera Williams is a great book to teach 3rd-grade Cause and Effect and to discuss need verse wants. It can also utilize as a guided reading book or a read aloud. You can also integrate Math lessons, where students each get a jar with some coins. Students will then sorts the coins by value. Students will then given a worksheet to show how many ways can you make $1.00 from the coins they have. Then students will be asked to total up all the coin Text-to Teaching Connection A Chair For Your Mother by Vera Williams is a great book to teach 3rd-grade Cause and Effect and to discuss need verse wants. It can also utilize as a guided reading book or a read aloud. You can also integrate Math lessons, where students each get a jar with some coins. Students will then sorts the coins by value. Students will then given a worksheet to show how many ways can you make $1.00 from the coins they have. Then students will be asked to total up all the coins in the jar.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Cirasole

    REALISIC FICTION Vera B. Williams set the tone of love and comfort in this descriptive children's book about a mother and daughter who experience the loss of matericalistic things. She vividly describes how the character, the little girl, remembers that particular day her house went ablaze. She remembers the order of events leading up to the fire and she remembers her feelings and concerns for her Grandmother's whereabouts during this chaotic time. What I especially enjoyed about this story was h REALISIC FICTION Vera B. Williams set the tone of love and comfort in this descriptive children's book about a mother and daughter who experience the loss of matericalistic things. She vividly describes how the character, the little girl, remembers that particular day her house went ablaze. She remembers the order of events leading up to the fire and she remembers her feelings and concerns for her Grandmother's whereabouts during this chaotic time. What I especially enjoyed about this story was how the little girl remebered what mattered most; the loving kind gestures of people near giving them what they had lost in the fire. She also acknowledged that her mother was working hard to replenish those material goods and was trying to rebuild stability after a devasting disaster. This kind young soul helped her mother and grandmother fill a glass jar with tips from work and eventually saved up enough money and bought an upholstered, cozy and snug chair where they both found comfort together again. This good read is appropriate in the k-2 classroom setting and can bolster a love and appreciation for the gifts in our lives.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Miner

    A Chair for My Mother is a realistic fiction children’s story about a little girl named Rosa, who lives with her mother who is a waitress. Rosa goes to her mother’s restaurant and helps out to earn money to add to a jar they have at home. The previous year, there was a fire in their apartment and Rosa and her mother lost all of their possessions. Their neighborhood came together to help replace most of their belongings, but they still did not have a chair for her mother to relax in after a long A Chair for My Mother is a realistic fiction children’s story about a little girl named Rosa, who lives with her mother who is a waitress. Rosa goes to her mother’s restaurant and helps out to earn money to add to a jar they have at home. The previous year, there was a fire in their apartment and Rosa and her mother lost all of their possessions. Their neighborhood came together to help replace most of their belongings, but they still did not have a chair for her mother to relax in after a long day at work. When the jar was finally full, Rosa and her mother were able to go to the store and purchase a chair. This is a great story about working hard to get things you want. Rosa and her mother had everything they needed, but they had to work extra hard to get something nice. The illustrations are a good representation of what is taking place, and clearly depict the character and the story. This book helps to expose children to a different culture and way of life.

  25. 4 out of 5

    L12_luisespinoza Espinoza

    This is a heartwarming story about a little girl, her mother, and grandmother that live together in an apartment. A fire destroys their apartment along with all their possessions and when they are able to move into a new apartment, their neighbors bring them furniture, food, and kitchenware. After all the donations are given, they decide to save coins from her mother's tips from working at the Blue Tile Diner to purchase "A wonderful, beautiful, fat, soft armchair". The little girl also contribu This is a heartwarming story about a little girl, her mother, and grandmother that live together in an apartment. A fire destroys their apartment along with all their possessions and when they are able to move into a new apartment, their neighbors bring them furniture, food, and kitchenware. After all the donations are given, they decide to save coins from her mother's tips from working at the Blue Tile Diner to purchase "A wonderful, beautiful, fat, soft armchair". The little girl also contributes to the jar of coins from the money she earns helping her mother at the diner. They finally end up filling the big jar with coins, enough to buy "the best chair in the world". The brightly colored pictures supplement the story beautifully and reinforce the themes of this story (sacrifice, love, and affirmation of life). This Caldecott Honor-winning book is appropriate for discussing these themes with students in grades K-2nd.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Jane

    After a fire burned up their home, Rosa, her momma, and her Gramma have to work hard to get back on their feet. But now their feet are tired and they need a nice new comfy chair to relax in. Little by little with each coin dropped into a jar, Rosa, her momma, and her grandmother get closer and closer to buying a brand new comfy chair for their new apartment. This realistic children’s picture book teaches children about the importance of working together and saving toward a goal. When Rosa, her m After a fire burned up their home, Rosa, her momma, and her Gramma have to work hard to get back on their feet. But now their feet are tired and they need a nice new comfy chair to relax in. Little by little with each coin dropped into a jar, Rosa, her momma, and her grandmother get closer and closer to buying a brand new comfy chair for their new apartment. This realistic children’s picture book teaches children about the importance of working together and saving toward a goal. When Rosa, her momma, and Gramma are put out of their home by a fire, they all pull together to make ends meet. The importance of community is shown when the neighborhood also pitches in to help the family. The colorful illustrations bring to life the vibrancy of the city and give a light hearted tone to the story. You can imagine how comfortable the chair feels with it’s plush and richly colorful upholstery. This is a good book to curl up with in a big comfy chair.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jorge

    “A Chair for my Mother” a beautifully written and illustrated realistic fiction picture book by Vera B. Williams. It was awarded the Caldecott Honor by the American Library Association. It is a story about family who experienced an unfortunate event where they lost everything in their home due to a fire. A mother works as a waitress doing all she can to make ends meet. She brings home the tips to place into a jar in hopes to one day buy a big comfy chair for the family. What makes this book real “A Chair for my Mother” a beautifully written and illustrated realistic fiction picture book by Vera B. Williams. It was awarded the Caldecott Honor by the American Library Association. It is a story about family who experienced an unfortunate event where they lost everything in their home due to a fire. A mother works as a waitress doing all she can to make ends meet. She brings home the tips to place into a jar in hopes to one day buy a big comfy chair for the family. What makes this book realistic fiction is that it is a very relatable story to many readers and their families. The troubling times or the idea of saving up change in hopes to make ends meet is a common theme in many people’s lives. I really enjoyed the colorful illustrations throughout the book that the kids will absolutely love. This book would be great to use for younger students in grades k-3. This book can be used in a multiple different ways; read aloud for whole group, small group, and independent instruction.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Ciccarone

    A chair for my mother is about a girl who works with her mom and saves their tips up in a jar. They are saving for a chair, because mother gets tired and wants a good chair. They lost most of what they had in a fire but were assisted in relocating. Finally, they save up enough to buy the chair they were dreaming of. The story takes place mostly in the girl’s home, and the idea of saving up for something new is very realistic and relatable. They find significance and purpose through their hard wo A chair for my mother is about a girl who works with her mom and saves their tips up in a jar. They are saving for a chair, because mother gets tired and wants a good chair. They lost most of what they had in a fire but were assisted in relocating. Finally, they save up enough to buy the chair they were dreaming of. The story takes place mostly in the girl’s home, and the idea of saving up for something new is very realistic and relatable. They find significance and purpose through their hard work and saving. I think the theme is that hard work and good planning pay off in the end, and it is good to have goals to reach for. The characters are kind and grateful and behave in conceivable ways. The story is viewed through the point of view of the little girl. Yellow is a predominately featured color throughout the story and I think it speaks to the warmth of the characters, but also relates to the fires which are described. The illustrations are drawn in a cartoon style.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    A heartwarming story of a young girl, her mother and grandmother. They have lost nearly everything in a fire and so they begin saving all their extra change to buy a chair. It takes a long time (and a lot of dedication and, I'm certain, a lot of self control) to save enough money to buy the perfect chair. This has colorful illustrations that complement the story perfectly. I love that it shows a warm, loving relationship between the girl, her mother and grandmother. It also shows a caring communi A heartwarming story of a young girl, her mother and grandmother. They have lost nearly everything in a fire and so they begin saving all their extra change to buy a chair. It takes a long time (and a lot of dedication and, I'm certain, a lot of self control) to save enough money to buy the perfect chair. This has colorful illustrations that complement the story perfectly. I love that it shows a warm, loving relationship between the girl, her mother and grandmother. It also shows a caring community that pitches in to help after the fire. But what I love the most is that they work so hard and save up until they can afford the chair...they don't rush down and put it on a credit card that they can't afford to pay off. So many valuable discussions could be held during the reading of this book...discussions about gratitude, determination, money management, helping our neighbors, responsibility, and probably others. Plus, it's an enjoyable story to read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kendall Hagerty

    A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams is a story about a family whose house burned down in a fire which forced the daughter and her mother to move in with their family members. Because of the fire, the small family does not have many valuables. The mother and the daughter decide to save their coins for a brand new comfortable chair. The girl has the exact chair in mind of what she wants and the color it will be. I think this story relates to realism because of the event that happened. This fa A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams is a story about a family whose house burned down in a fire which forced the daughter and her mother to move in with their family members. Because of the fire, the small family does not have many valuables. The mother and the daughter decide to save their coins for a brand new comfortable chair. The girl has the exact chair in mind of what she wants and the color it will be. I think this story relates to realism because of the event that happened. This family's life is drastically changed yet it is a very common disaster. The family does not give up though and they continued to work hard and get back on their feet. This family seems to be living in a poor area of town; they are sometimes unable to put very much change into the bowl because of the mother's job. These characters help the readers understand people from different cultures and different lifestyles.

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