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The Little House...Disney (1952) ...
As progress brings the city directly around a little house, she grows more and more depressed.
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the_little_house...virginia_lee_burton.jpg...by Virginia Lee Burton
The little house first stood in the country, but gradually the city moved closer and closer.

Virginia Lee Burton won the Caldecott Medal in 1943 for her memorable picture book The Little House, a poignant story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. The house has an expressive face of windows and doors, and even the feelings of a person, so she’s sad when she’s surrounded by the dirty, noisy city’s hustle and bustle: “She missed the field of daisies / and the apple trees dancing in the moonlight.” Fortunately, there’s a happy ending, as the house is taken back to the country where she belongs. A classic! (summary from amazon.com)
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A Chair for My Mother ... by Vera Williams
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book information:
  • A.R. level: 2.4
  • DRA: 24
  • guided reading: M
  • Lexile: 640
  • grade equivalent: 3.3
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Acclaimed author/illustrator Vera Williams tells of a young girl, who along with her waitress mother, saves coins in a big jar in hopes that they can someday buy a big, new, comfortable chair for their apartment — the kind of chair her mother deserves after being on her feet all day in the Blue Tile Diner. Into the jar also goes the money Grandma saves whenever she gets a bargain at the market.

There hasn't been a comfortable place to sit in the apartment since a fire in their previous apartment burned everything to "charcoal and ashes." Friends and neighbors brought furniture to their new apartment downstairs, but no one brought anything big or soft or comfortable. Finally the jar is full, the coins are rolled, and in the book's crowning moment mother, daughter, and Grandma search four different furniture stores, and after carefully trying several chairs — like Goldilocks — they find the chair they've been dreaming of at last.

Vera Williams enhances this heartwarming story about the values of saving and working together towards a common goal, with her own pleasant, folk-art inspired paintings. Each illustration is bordered with natty patterning, foreshadowing the family's eventual acquisition of their new, magnificent chair. (summary from Scholastic)
A 1983 Caldecott Honor Book
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A Chair for My Mother -- extension activity ... Scholastic
MY DREAM CHAIR
Provide a variety of arts and crafts materials (craft sticks, boxes, yarn, fabric scraps, and so on) for children to create a small-scale model of their “dream chair.”
Ask children to write a description of their special chair on a large index card that will be placed next to their chair model. Display the finished chairs on a table with a sign, “Best Seats in the House.”
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