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