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A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

A Chair for My Mother

by Vera B. Williams


Teaching Ideas:

  • It takes a long time for the family to save up for a new, comfortable chair. Ask students to think of one thing they would like to buy for their own mothers or grandmothers to make their lives easier. Brainstorm ways students could raise money to purchase that item. Have students write a diary entry from the future, describing what their mother’s reaction was when she was given the gift.
  • Each illustration in this book is bordered with natty patterning, foreshadowing the family's eventual acquisition of a new, magnificent chair. While reading, stop and have students closely look at the borders and discuss what they think they mean. After completing the book, go back and look at the patterns again. Discuss what students now think the patterns mean. If students changed their thinking after hearing the whole book, discuss what made them think differently.


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