Our Family Dinner Book Club selection for the month of October is A Chair for My Mother by Vera B Williams. Here you’ll find a menu that can be prepared with the help of your children, and will hopefully be a fun and interactive activity for the whole family. Head over to Growing Book by Book for some talking points to get the conversation started as well as an idea for a family service project. Then visit Sunny Day Family for a fun craft. We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.
A Chair for my Mother is a children’s book about a family working together to save money for a large purchase after losing their home and possessions in a fire. They have to move into a new home, and all their new neighbors help out by donating furniture to the family, and everyone brings over food to have a big party.
Food is healing, everybody needs it, and it is something most people can provide in some way. There is a reason people sign up to bring meals when tragedy or joy strikes. When there is a new baby, a death in the family, or like in this book a house fire, our communities rally together to help care for us, and bringing food is one of the easiest ways to help care for another person.
In the book, they feast on pizza, cake and ice cream. I say definitely go for that! Also go for the menu I have below. Lasagna is my mom’s signature dish to bring when called upon to care for another family. She always brings it along with a salad and bread. Since this is what I grew up seeing, this is what I also bring along to families in need. When my husband’s father passed recently, a friend volunteered to bring us a meal. She brought us lasagna, salad, and bread (and cookies). It was perfect and comforting.
A Chair For My Mother
Family Dinner Book Club
Butternut Squash Soup