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A Chair for My Mother (Reading Rainbow Book)

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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

Synopsis:

After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save and save until they can afford to buy one big, comfortable chair that all three of them can enjoy.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 superbly conceived picture book expressing the joyful spirit of a loving family."--Horn Book.

Synopsis:

After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and her grandmother save their money to buy a big comfortable chair that they can all enjoy. Suffused with warmth and tenderness, "A Chair for My Mother" celebrates family love and determination.

About the Author

Vera B. Williams is the creator of many distinguished books and was the U.S. Illustrator Nominee for the 2004 Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lives in New York City.

In Her Own Words...

"Throughout my childhood I was encouraged to make pictures, tell stories, act, and dance-all of this at a heaven in our New York City neighborhood called the Bronx House.

"On Saturdays I painted with a crusading art director, Florence Cane. In her book The Growth of the Child Through Art, I appear under the name Linda. I was sixteen when the book appeared and embarrassed by it. But at age nine I had been totally proud when a painting of mine was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and I was later shown in the Movietone News explaining to Eleanor Roosevelt its Yiddish title, "Yentas."

"In 1945 I went to Black Mountain College in North Carolina, a unique educational community. I graduated in 1949 in graphic art, which I studied with Josef Albers. Along the way I planted corn, made butter, worked on the printing press, and helped to build the house in which I lived with Paul Williams, a fellow student I married there.

"I wanted that connection of art and community to continue. And it did at the Gate Hill Cooperative, a community we built with other Black Mountain people-a poet, musicians, and potters. I lived and worked there from 1953-1970 (after which I moved to Canada). My children (Sarah, Jenny, and Merce) grew up there. For them, we branched out into a school, part of the Surnmerhill movement. The gingerbread houses that led to my first book for Greenwillow I first made in sticky variety at our school. I have always liked to teach, and have taught art, cooking, writing, and nature study, for nursery age on.

"At forty-six, no longer married, living in a houseboat on the bay at Vancouver, British Columbia, I did my first book. But before that could happen, the fates decreed a stint of cooking and running a bakery at a small school in the Ontario countryside. My love affair with Canada included also a 500-mile trip on the Yukon River. Many of those adventures I put in Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe.

"I also write and draw for adults-short stories, leaflets, and posters. As a lover of children, I try to do what I can to help save their earth from nuclear disaster. This pursuit, too, has added its excitement to my biography, including, in 1981, a month's stay in the federal penitentiary in Alderson, West Virginia (an outcome of a women's peaceful blockade of the Pentagon). Perhaps this experience will some day appear in one of my books. So far I've found children's books a wonderfully accommodating medium where any of my various activities might pop up."

Product Details

ISBN:
9780688040741
Author:
Williams, Vera B.
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Author:
Williams, Vera B.
Author:
by Vera B Williams
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Social Situations - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Saving and investment
Subject:
Chairs
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reading Rainbow Book
Series Volume:
no. 78
Publication Date:
20070123
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from PreS to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
8.10x9.86x.13 in. .28 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Media Run Time:
001550
Age Level:
03-08

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"Synopsis" by , After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save and save until they can afford to buy one big, comfortable chair that all three of them can enjoy.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 superbly conceived picture book expressing the joyful spirit of a loving family."--Horn Book.
"Synopsis" by , After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and her grandmother save their money to buy a big comfortable chair that they can all enjoy. Suffused with warmth and tenderness, "A Chair for My Mother" celebrates family love and determination.
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