Coverart for item
The Resource A chair for my mother, by Vera B. Williams

A chair for my mother, by Vera B. Williams

Label
A chair for my mother
Title
A chair for my mother
Statement of responsibility
by Vera B. Williams
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Publisher
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire
Member of
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 1983
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book, 1983.
Review
/* Starred Review */ A tender knockout--from the author/illustrator of, most recently and auspiciously, Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe. "My mother works as a waitress in the Blue Tile Diner," the little-girl narrator begins--and to the accompaniment of vividly colored, direct, proto-primitive pictures, the real-life-like story comes out. At home is a glass jar, into which goes all Mama's change from tips and the money Grandma saves whenever she gets a bargain at the market. "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. . . . A wonderful, beautiful, fat, soft armchair." This is because--we see it as she tells it--all the family's furniture burned up in a fire; and though neighbors and friends and relatives brought replacements (a buttercup-and-spring-green spread to contrast with the charred gray gloom just preceding), "we still have no sofas and no big chairs." Only straight, hard kitchen chairs. Then the jar is full; the coins are rolled in paper wrappers, and exchanged for bills; and "Mama and Grandma and I" go shopping for the chair. This last sequence is a glory: Grandma feeling like Goldilocks, trying out all the chairs; the very rose-covered chair "we were all dreaming of," plump in the middle of the floor; the little girl and her mother, snuggled in it together. . . and she can reach right up "and turn out the light if I fall asleep in her lap." It's rare to find so much vitality, spontaneity, and depth of feeling in such a simple, young book. (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 1982)
Awards note
Caldecott Honor Book, 1983.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
116227
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Williams, Vera B
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PS3573.I45615
LC item number
C53 1982
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 2
Reading level
3.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Williams, Vera B.
  • Greenwillow Books
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Rosa books (Vera B. Williams)
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Families
  • Single-parent families
  • Grandmothers
  • Saving and investment
  • Chairs
  • Fires
  • Generosity
  • Waitresses
  • Family life
  • Saving and investment
  • Chairs
  • Chairs
  • Families
  • Fires
  • Generosity
  • Grandmothers
  • Saving and investment
  • Single-parent families
  • Waitresses
Target audience
juvenile
Label
A chair for my mother, by Vera B. Williams
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Art techniques used: Childlike watercolor in vivid hues
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1085516
Dimensions
22 x 26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780688009144
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
81007010
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780688009144
  • (OCoLC)7773060
Label
A chair for my mother, by Vera B. Williams
Publication
Copyright
Note
Art techniques used: Childlike watercolor in vivid hues
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1085516
Dimensions
22 x 26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780688009144
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
81007010
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780688009144
  • (OCoLC)7773060

Library Locations

    • Central LibraryBorrow it
      710 W. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, 78701, US
      30.2713021 -97.7460168
Processing Feedback ...