Williams, Vera B. A Chair for My Mother. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1982.
Happy Mother’s Day! I am home with my family today. I feel surrounded by love. I am so lucky. When I was thinking about a book to share for this day, I remembered this one. It conjured memories of moms and daughters and families. How much family and community are important in one’s life.
In this book community and family came together to help Rosa and her mother and her grandmother after a fire destroys all their possessions. Friends, family and neighbors all pitch in to help furnish a new place for Rosa, her mom and grandma. They brought a table, chairs, beds and other necessities. What they lack is a nice, big, comfy chair to relax in at the end of the day.
Rosa and her family get a huge jar. They begin to save their change for the new chair. Mom is a waitress at the Blue Tile Diner, half her tips go into the jar. Rosa works at the diner too; half her earnings go into the jar. Grandma adds coins to the jar when she can. They add coins every day until not one more will fit! The coins are counted and rolled. Rosa and her mom and grandma take the coins to the bank.
You will have to read this book to find out what chair they bought. Rosa’s grandma thought shopping for chairs was a bit like the “Three Bears’. They were trying to find just the right one.
Read this book with a young person you know. Snuggle up in your big comfy chair and talk about the book. Do you have a savings jar that you throw your change into at the end of the day? Why are you saving? Are you saving up to buy something special for your family or someone you know?