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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,305 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vera B. Williams Narrator: Martha Plimpton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9780061805868
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Listen to four stories about Rosa and her family:

A Chair for My Mother
A Caldecott Honor Book

Something Special for Me

Music, Music for Everyone

A Chair for Always

plus Cherries and Cherry Pits

and an interview with the author

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A striking, offbeat backdrop for a loving story.”

    Scientific American

  • “It's rare to find so much vitality, spontaneity, and depth of feeling in such a simple, young book.”

    New Yorker

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 2/18/2014

    " This is an inspiring story with illustrations the really compliment it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 2/16/2014

    " It was a good book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/2/2014

    " Teaches about real life situations; community help and service; family love and honor; sharing; work & industry; overcoming trials; enjoying simple things in life -- like a comfy chair to sit in at the end of a long day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine Pierson | 1/20/2014

    " At first sight I didn't think I would care for this book, but after reading it I really enjoyed it. I think the story line is great, a little girl saves up her change to help buy her mom a chair. The girl is very considered and was willing to spend her money on her mother. Unlike some kids when they get money it burns a hole in their pocket. I think this good would be good if trying to teach a life lesson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Airiel Owens | 1/14/2014

    " This book was so good because it combined the relationship between mother and child with the love of neighbors and strangers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/13/2014

    " Still one of my favorite stories to share with students! Recommended for grades 1 - 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pynteya Bate | 11/19/2013

    " This book is about the family who lost their home and everything they owned in the fire. It is about their love to each other, about support from other family members and the community they live in. I like this book a lot!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha Stragand | 8/21/2013

    " This story can be used as a mentor text to teach the students how Vera Williams could a small moment and made it into a book. This book lends itself to a good discussion on how we can help each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne Norberg | 12/26/2012

    " Great book about family, hardships, needs and wants and making things work despite wha tmay happen. Great story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karina | 11/25/2012

    " Overall I think the idea of the story was good, but for small kids it just rambles on and on, and there's nothing to really keep the kids interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Mooney | 7/31/2012

    " A little girl saves change to buy a comfy chair after her family loses everything in a house fire. This would be a wonderful book to read when talking about homelessness or to inspire your children to get involved in the community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ebono1 | 5/22/2012

    " good book about family and supporting one another through the community and each other "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina | 5/18/2012

    " Love, love--a childhood favorite "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs Bond | 1/27/2012

    " A family's possessions are destroyed by a fire. Family and community help with temporary housing and donated furniture. But the ladies long for a comfortable chair. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lafcadio | 1/24/2012

    " She wants to buy a chair, but her reasons are fairly depressing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 12/26/2011

    " A great mentor text for details/binoculars. I think I might also use it for visualization next year...read the words first and have students visualize. Then show the pictures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian Padgett | 10/1/2011

    " Great to use when talking about money. This book can help show children the importance of saving money. Also children can compare themselves to the text to see how their families are alike and different. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brindi | 8/17/2011

    " 1983 Caldecott Honor "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 5/20/2011

    " The child narrator describes the fire that burnt their house and the changes. The community helped out. But they still needed a chair and they had to save for a year. They fill up a jar with coins and then buy a wonderful chair. Great illustrations. I read this to my son in kindergarten. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 4/17/2011

    " 'A Chair for My Mother' is a heart worming story about family. The family did not have a pretty chair after their house being burned. However, they bought a chair with the money they earn by recieving tips. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian | 4/10/2011

    " Great to use when talking about money. This book can help show children the importance of saving money. Also children can compare themselves to the text to see how their families are alike and different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 4/5/2011

    " I remember this from Reading Rainbow when I was little, and it was a pleasure to revisit it. The message of overcoming tragedy through hard work is lovely, and I really enjoyed the vibrant illustrations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 4/3/2011

    " I actually bought a big book and cut out the pictures and framed them when my son was born. This book has stood the test of time and is still one of my very favorite picture books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 3/22/2011

    " After losing all their furniture in an apartment fire, the family saves money to buy a new chair. They put the money they save in a jar and when the jar is full, they have enough money to buy a brand new, comfortable chair. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 3/5/2011

    " This book showed good community when it was needed. I'm not sure how many places are left like that nowadays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pynteya | 3/2/2011

    " This book is about the family who lost their home and everything they owned in the fire. It is about their love to each other, about support from other family members and the community they live in. I like this book a lot!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carissa | 2/27/2011

    " This book was very sweet and heart warming! It really shows the love family can have for each other, and what hard work will get you. This book is just a feel good favorite, and might inspire your children to do something selfless for another person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 2/21/2011

    " This book is a classic. A very hard working mother and daughter save up to buy a big, beautiful arm chair that their family can relax in. A good book to read to your students when discussing various life skills and creating goals. "

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About the Author

Vera B. Williams is the award-winning creator of many books for children, including “More, More, More,” Said the Baby and Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart. Throughout her life she has also taught art, cooking, writing, and nature study. She lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Martha Plimpton, in addition to audio narration, is a film, television, and stage actress. Her first major film roles include The River Rat, The Goonies, and The Mosquito Coast. On stage she made her Chicago debut with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company Ensemble, during which time she received a National Medal of Arts Award. She won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia and has received numerous Tony Award nominations for supporting or featured actress. Her television roles included Grey’s Anatomy and Raising Hope, among others. In narration, she won an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of Alice McDermott’s After This, which also was a finalist in 2007 for the prestigious Audie Award.