* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room.
Today’s great book: A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams (1982, HarperCollins)
About the Author: http://www.kidsreads.com/authors/vera-b-williams
Teacher Resource: http://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=1264&a=1
Time to Read: 32-pages, a touching family story; we read it before bed
Summary: from the publisher…”The jar of coins is full. The day has come to buy the chair – the big, fat, comforable, wonderful chair they have been saving for. The chair that will replace the one that was burned up – along with everything else – in the terrible fire. A book of love and tenderness filled with the affirmation of life.”
Best Quote from the Book: “When we can’t get a single other coin into the jar, we are going to take out all the money and go and buy a chair.”
Our View: Written and illustrated by Vera B. Williams and named a Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association, A Chair for My Mother has been a longtime favorite of mine and I read it every semester to my college students who are aspiring to become teachers of young children and their families. The story places itself firmly in the lives of a little girl and her mother and grandmother, deep in the heart of the city, among a close knit group of family and friends that surround them. Taking care of each other, hard work, saving, financial issues, fire and the loss of a home – each topic weaves itself through the plot and brings to life the courage and dedication of a family to keep going and do great things…together.