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A Chair for My Mother and Other Stories
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A Chair for My Mother and Other Stories

by Vera B. Williams, Martha Plimpton (Read by)
 

Listen to four stories about Rosa and Her Family

A Chair for My Mother
A Caldecott Honor Book

Something Special for Me

Music, Music for Everyone

A Chair for Always

plus Cherries and Cherry Pits

and An Interview with the AUthor

Overview

Listen to four stories about Rosa and Her Family

A Chair for My Mother
A Caldecott Honor Book

Something Special for Me

Music, Music for Everyone

A Chair for Always

plus Cherries and Cherry Pits

and An Interview with the AUthor

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—This collection includes stories by Vera B. Williams about Rosa and her family—A Chair for My Mother (1982), Something Special for Me (1983), Music, Music for Everyone (1984), and A Chair for Always (2009)—plus Cherries and Cherry Pits (1986, all Greenwillow). In the first title, a young African-American girl tells of the sorrow of losing her home and belongings to a fire and the jar in which the family places all of their loose change to save for a lovely, soft armchair. In the first four tales, the chair is a character, symbolizing warmth, love, security, and family to the young narrator. In A Chair for Always, Rosa expresses her attachment to the now aging chair when her mother and grandmother begin thinking it might be time to find a new one. Martha Plimpton perfectly captures the tenderness and joy of these stories. This winning collection celebrates family and the power of hope.—Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061761218
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Edition description:
Unabridged, 1 CD, 1 hour
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet 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.

Martha Plimpton has starred in the films The Goonies and 200 Cigarettes among numerous others. A strong supporter of the theater, she donates her time and efforts to the "52nd Street Project," a not-for-profit organization dedicated to matching inner-city children with professional theater artists to create original theater.

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