A Chair for My Mother: Vera B. Williams

A Chair For My Mother

Author/Illustrator: Vera B. Williams
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Year: 1982
Brief Summary: A family saves up for a new chair when their old one burned down in a house fire.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children”s Literature, 1983′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Illustration’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Parents” Choice Award, 2003′ ‘ Gold’ ‘ Best 25 Books in 25 Years’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1983′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘Books That Comfort Us, 2002 ; Bank Street College of Education
Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 ; Bank Street College of Education
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
Suggested Books for the Boys and Girls Club of America List, 2001 ; ALSC American Library Association

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Social Studies: Discuss budgeting/saving/spending.
  • Math — review coins and paper bills.  Give children pretend money and a flyer for furniture store, and see what they can afford, or what they would choose using the money they had. Have them do the math to make sure they have enough to cover the cost of their purchase.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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