A Chair For My Mother – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

I am sharing a book a day for the next 30+ days. Picture books that can be used to teach literary skills to middle or high school students. Just because they are in the older grades doesn’t mean that picture books can’t be a great resource on its own or as a paired passage. Here is #16 in Honor of Mother’s Day

A Chair For My Mother – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

Description from Amazon:

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 Bookimgres

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Literary Skills that can be taught with the book A Chair For My Mother?

How would you describe each of the family members? Mother, daughter, Grandma

Point of View
What point of view is used to tell this story? How do you know? Why does the author choose to tell the story this way?

What problem did the family face? What type of conflict is this?

What can you infer about the family that all save together for a chair? Why does the family need a chair?

Why is the family saving coins in the big jar?

Importance of family working together Never giving up even during difficult =mes

Cause & Effect
What caused momma to bring the big jar home? What effect did the fire have on the family?

Discuss the change in tone from buying shoes to returning home to a fire.

Writing Activity
Write about a time you had to overcome a difficult situation and kept a good attitude while doing so.
Write a letter to a family member persuading them to help you raise money for something special. Convince them to help you fill your own large jar.


A Chair For My Mother can be found on Amazon click HERE

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