A Chair for My Mother

A Chair for My Mother

by Vera B. Williams

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Overview

This classic and award-winning picture book was written and illustrated by the celebrated Vera B. Williams and was named a Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association. "A tender knockout . . . it's rare to find much vitality, spontaneity, and depth of feeling in such a simple, young book."—Kirkus Reviews

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 Chair for My Mother has sold more than a million copies and is an ideal choice for reading and sharing at home and in the classroom. "A superbly conceived picture book expressing the joyful spirit of a loving family."—The Horn Book

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688040741
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/23/2007
Series: Rosa Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,126
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
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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A Chair for My Mother 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Stephanyk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Caldecott Honor book is appropriate for the grades pre-k through first. The book is colorful and not too lengthy. The narrator who is a young girl starts off by saying that she sometimes goes to the diner where her mother works after school. There her mother's boss Josephine gives her small jobs to do and then compliments her and pays her. The narrator lives with her mother and her grandmother. Their house caught on fire a year ago so they now live in a small apartment. They don't have much furniture so they are saving up for a nice comfy sofa. At the end they fill up the coin jar and end up getting a nice sofa that her mother could rest on. Uses in classroom:- Talk about the different families that people can have.- I would have students write a story about their family and make a poster to share with the class.
ReadAloudDenver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When you read aloud a book that you love to your child, your love of the book will be contagious. This is a heartfelt story of a daughter, mother and grandmother's struggles, closeness and ability to save together for a chair for mama.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a classic story by now. I tear up every time I read it when we get to the part about the whole neighborhood helping them move into their new house after the old one burns down. It's a wonderful example of community, and very realistic.I will note that this book is a bit wordy, and may not hold the attention of children under the age of 5 or so. If your kiddo has a short attention span, wait a year before reading this one.
adw1723 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It was so sweet I wanted to cry. The content and moral of this book is so great to teach in your classroom. The pictures were really good also. I know for a fact that I am going to purchase this book and have it in my classroom.
neilliej on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book tells the story of a little girl's family who lost everything in a fire. Since the fire, the young girl, her mother, and her grandmother have lived in an apartment with little to no furniture. The young girl's mother is a waitress who seemingly works her butt off. Together the three have been saving their change to purchase a chair in which they can all enjoy. After a year of saving, they finally save enough to buy their deserved, special chair. The book shares the story of a family who rebuilds their live after tragedy strikes them. It's encouraging for readers of all ages!
Venqat65 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Second Graders that I read this book to really enjoyed it.The story has some good points.The family had lost everything in a fire, and yet the grandmom's attitude was that they are lucky they are young enough to start over. The family works hard and saves every coin in order to buy a chair. They don't just go out and charge it on a credit card--I found this to be a lovely example for people today.Everyone chips in to save coins. Even the daughter works. And when the fire occurs, all the neighborhood helps out by donating items to the family.Many lovely lessons in this book.
RayJones63 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little girl, her mother, and her grandmother all work together to save their money. They put the money into a jar every night. The money is being saved to buy a new chair. After experiencing a horrible fire, in which everything was ruined, their neighbors and family members pull together and get them almost everything they need to replace items from their old home. Everything except a chair. Words to think about: bargain, velvet, spoiled, charcoal
ToriVic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love it. The cutest cutest story with the beautifulest pictures with real word problems. Amazing.
krdavis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. There is so much for children to learn in it. They will learn about experiencing loss, the importance of community, hard work, saving, and investment. It is a little wordy so it would be a good book for 2nd and 3rd graders.
marciaskidslit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chair for My Mother tells the story of a family who lost everything they own in a house fire. It teaches how a diverse community shared their possessions with Rosa, her Mother, and Grandmother so they could start over again. The money jar teaches how the entire family worked hard and saved to buy the beautiful chair.
smilz23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of a young girl and her waitress mother saving money to buy a soft chair to relax on at the end of the day. A Caldacott honor book for it's beautiful watercolor illustrations.Classroom connections: This book could be used to introduce money and saving money. Also to talk about hard work and perseverance. The book can also be an introduction the the Caldacott award and the medium of water color for illustrations.
kerrik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little girl who lives with her mother and grandmother discusses how they lost their old house to a fire. All the neighbors pitched in to furnish their new apartment. The little girl and her family started saving coins in a big glass jar to buy a new chair. the girl helped her mother at work after school to earn money. They saved enough and bought the perfect chair they had wanted. This is a neat way to show kids responsibility. I liked this book because it shows that we havve to work at accomplishing something- not everything is just given to us. I would have each of my students bring something into class to give to a shelter. We could pull all of their items together into a basket for the shelter.
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s a great story with so much to learn in it. It is based on how family pulls together through good times and bad. It is a good way to show children responsibility and learn about how people experience loss, and the importance of hard work through the story.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brightly colored, bordered illustrations about a girl, her mother and grandmother saving coins for a comfy chair, which, in turns out, is needed because they lost everything in a fire. Neighbors helped them with basic furnishings. Teaches about kindness, friendship, community, saving money, thrift, delayed gratification (they don't buy the chair on credit), moving forward. A picture with the mother sleeping with a cat in her lap reminds me of Picasso's Le Reve.
Rita6 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿A Chair For My Mother¿ tells the story in first person of a family that have lost their house in a fire. As the family starts over and save to buy new furniture and things they continue to be a loving family. The story is told from the little girls point of view.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's strange how sometimes the quietest, most unassuming books end up being the ones you fall in love with. This one's just a simple story about a girl, her mother, and her grandmother all saving up money in order to buy a comfy chair for them to relax on. All of their old possessions were burned in a fire. The family makes do with donations from their nice new neighbors, but when they finally save enough to buy something comfortable, pretty, and their own, it's a truly inspiring moment!The illustrations are lovely; each two-page spread has a pretty tonal watercolor background in differing hues. The art is done in a flat-perspective, almost folkart style. This is one of those picture books that is really a cohesive unit - both pictures and words combine to create an infinitely greater and more beautiful whole than they would otherwise provide. Just wonderful.
mrsarey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great story about a family saving up to buy a chair.
Ria14 More than 1 year ago
Critical for the classroom, A Chair for My Mother is a short children's book about a mother's hard work. I feel that this book is particulary interesitng for the classroom because it may hit home for many, many students in the today's rough economic time. Though the book is not meant to explain the struggle of economics, the book does show children that they are not alone in some of the struggles their parents face. What I love about this book is not only the words, but the illustrations. The illustrator uses vivid and bright colors on every page. It does a wonderful job of showing a bustling city and then the warmth of a home. A Chair for My Mother is an important story to share in the classroom and can also lead to great class discussions requiring students to think critically.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i found out that I would be having a nephew I knew immediately that I wanted him to have this book. I remembered reading it when I was a child. I remembered it with great affection. I spent almost two years trying to hunt down the title and a copy of it but it was worth it. Baby nephew loves the colors and I know he will learn generosity through the lessons in this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A Chair For my Mother was my favorite children's book. My mother was sad at thinking that she'd have to give up our copy to me when I left, but I searched for my own copy. The story always showed me that no matter the circumstances that the human race really could work together for the good of another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Execelent book.. Im 26 and I remember reading this book when I was little. I recently got this book for my 2 and 3 year old sons and they adore this book. It show's how one little girl wanted to make her mom happy by saving up money to get her a new chair after loosing everything in a fire. A very touching story about a bond between a mother and daughter and her grandmother..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vera B. Williams did an great job on her book, 'A Chair for My Mother.' I am amazed that the author/illustrator from New York didn't illustrate her first book until she was 52. Williams didn't pick up the pencil late she was an artist from an early age. At age nine Williams had one of her paintings in the WPA exhibit in the Modern Musuem of Art. She did a wonderful job with her book 'A Chair for My Mother, which won the Caldecott Honor Medal in 1983. I absolutely love this story. Every family has had their bumps in the road, some not as big as the fire that the family encountered, but everyone learns to move on and come together to get things done. This book is inspirational and shows that it may take a while to get what you need, but if you work hard you will get it. You also see the love the girl has for her mother, she is so excited to get her a chair. I think this book would interest children. They want to know what kind of chair is the girl getting, they will want to know if they survive after the fire. I really do enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the book by Vera B. Williams, 'A Chair for My Mother.' This book does an amazing job to show how excited a little girl was to get her mother a new chair. It was horrible to read that the little girl and her family had gone through their house burning down, but it was comforting to know they made it and were happy in the end.