A Chair for Always

A Chair for Always

by Vera B. Williams

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061722790
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/12/2009
Series: Rosa Series , #4
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 463,608
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Vera B. Williams began her career in children’s books by illustrating Hooray for Me!, written by Remy Charlip with Lilian Moore. Her beloved A Chair for My Mother won multiple awards, including a Caldecott Honor, and “More, More, More,” Said the Baby also received a Caldecott Honor. Vera B. Williams was the recipient of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award; she was awarded the 2009 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature; and she was the US nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2004. Vera B. Williams died on October 16, 2015, shortly before this book was completed.


Vera B. Williams began her career in children’s books by illustrating Hooray for Me!, written by Remy Charlip with Lilian Moore. Her beloved A Chair for My Mother won multiple awards, including a Caldecott Honor, and “More, More, More,” Said the Baby also received a Caldecott Honor. Vera B. Williams was the recipient of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award; she was awarded the 2009 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature; and she was the US nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2004. Vera B. Williams died on October 16, 2015, shortly before this book was completed.

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Chair for Always 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
allawishus on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I enjoyed the first one, "A Chair for My Mother", so much, but this one doesn't entirely measure up. One problem is that a large chunk of the text is a retelling of the original "A Chair for My Mother" story - sort of redundant. The story tells of how Rosa's Aunt gives birth to a new baby; it simultaneously tells of how Grandma and Mother want to get rid of the old chair and get a fresh new one that's not so stained and worn. Rosa refuses to let them get a new chair, feeling strongly that she wants to keep the chair forever, for her to enjoy and for the new baby to enjoy, etc. Those two plot threads don't quite hold together the way the author would like them to; it probably would have been a better story if she'd chosen to focus on one or the other element. Oh well, it's still charming and lovely, just not quite as great in as the first one. One of the wonderful elements of "A Chair for My Mother" was it's simple ordinariness. By trying to cram too much in and efortfully tie it to a larger theme that doesn't quite encompass both plot elements, this book suffers.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This new book by the author of More, More, More, Said the Baby, is another example of Vera Williams' ability to portray family life at its very best - full of love, life, laughter and compassion. In this beautiful story of a loving family, Rosa's aunt is about to give birth to a new baby. As Rosa's extended, working-class family prepares for the birth of her new cousin, young Rosa sits in her favorite chair and thinks fondly of her life, her family, her friends and her future. Warm and colorful painted illustrations help make this story as cozy as Rosa's chair.
linnaea44 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Great book for a family expecting a baby. Great illustrations and fabulous storyline. I really like the imagination of Rosa when she thinks of all the things she will do with the new baby cousin. I thought it was funny when she would think up possible names, even though she knew it was a boy she continued to think of girl names. It seemed very realistic of a child to still have hope for what they wish for even though realistically probably not going to happen. I really enjoyed this book, it had a very positive voice.
sunnyburke on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This book gave me a warm feeling of love and family when I read it! At first, it appears to be a rather simple book but it was amazing how much depth and love comes out of it. I believe the art really adds to the feelings that you get when you read it. Reading this book reminds me of my favorite chair at my parents house that I always used to sit and read in. It made me realize that I hope I have a chair for always at my parents home.
shomskie on LibraryThing 25 days ago
"A Chair For Always" was a pretty deep sort of intense book. It had a strong story line in my opinion. I liked how it could actually be based upon a rela-life situation. An example of my explination would be having a baby and allowing it to be part of a family. It is amazing. It's even more amazing what is done to protect people and things when a serious situation arises, such as the fire. The pictures in this book tended to fluctuate in color. they were bold at times, deffinately a perfect fit for the book.