A Chair For My Mother

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in


TO COMMEMORATE THE RELAUNCH OF “READING RAINBOW,” WE HERE AT OUTLOOK-12 HAVE DEDICATED THIS MONTH’S EXTRA LONG SCHOOL LIBRARY SECTION TO BOOKS FEATURED ON THE EMMY AND PEABODY AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM. 

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“A CHAIR FOR MY MOTHER” by Vera B. Williams
Illustrated by Vera B. Williams Publisher: Greenwillow Books
ISBN-13: 978-0688040741

After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother and her grandmother begin putting money in a glass jar, so they can save up enough to buy one big, comfortable chair.  Her grandmother finds bargains on things like tomatoes and puts the savings into the jar.  Her mother brings home her waitressing tips for the jar every night and is sometimes too tired to stay awake to actually see them go into the jar.  Even Rosa helps out at the diner where her mother works by doing little tasks like filling ketchup bottles and peeling onions.  But the jar is very big, and filling it all the way to the top is not going to easy.