Vera B. Williams
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Vera B. Williams

Vera B. Williams lives in New York City.

In Her Own Words..."Throughout my childhood I was encouraged to make pictures, tell stories, act, and dance--all of this at a heaven in our New York City neighborhood called the Bronx House.

"Saturdays I painted with a crusading art director, Florence Cane. In her book The Growth of the Child Through Art, I appear under the name Linda. I was sixteen when the book appeared and embarrassed by it. But at age nine I had been totally proud when a painting of mine was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and I was later shown in the Movietone News explaining to Eleanor Roosevelt its Yiddish title, "Yentas."

"In 1945 I went to Black Mountain College in North Carolina, a unique educational community. I graduated in 1949 in graphic art, which I studied with Josef Albers. Along the way I planted corn, made butter, worked on the printing press, and helped to build the house in which I lived with Paul Williams, a fellow student I married there.

"I wanted that connection of art and community to continue. And it did at the Gate Hill Cooperative, a community we built with other Black Mountain people, a poet, musicians, and potters. I lived and worked there from 1953-1970 (after which I moved to Canada). My children (Sarah, Jenny, Merce) grew up there. For them, we branched out into a school, part of the Surnmerhill movement. The gingerbread houses that led to my first book for Greenwillow I first made in sticky variety at our school. I have always liked to teach and have taught art, cooking, writing, nature study, for nursery age on.

"At forty-six, no longer married, living in a houseboat on the bay at Vancouver, British Columbia, I did my first book. But before that could happen, the fates decreed a stint of cooking and running a bakery at a small school in the Ontario countryside. My love affair with Canada included also a 500-mile trip on the Yukon River. Many of those adventures I put in Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe.

"I also write and draw for adults-short stories, leaflets, and posters. As a lover of children, I try to do what I can to help save their earth from nuclear disaster. This pursuit, too, has added its excitement to my biography, including, in 1981, a month's stay in the federal penitentiary in Alderson, West Virginia (an outcome of a women's peaceful blockade of the Pentagon). Perhaps this experience will some day appear in one of my books. So far I've found children's books a wonderfully accommodating medium where any of my various activities might pop up."

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    • A Chair for My Mother

    • By: Vera B. Williams
    • Narrated by: Martha Plimpton
    • Length: 7 mins
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    After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save and save until they can afford to buy one big, comfortable chair....

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    • Cherries and Cherry Pits

    • By: Vera B. Williams
    • Narrated by: Martha Plimpton
    • Length: 12 mins
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    When Bidemmi starts to draw, her imagination takes off. Enter her world and watch her stories grow and grow. You will never forget her....

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    • Something Special for Me

    • By: Vera B. Williams
    • Narrated by: Martha Plimpton
    • Length: 9 mins
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    The money jar that Rosa, Mama, and Grandma filled with their coins will be emptied to buy Rosa whatever she wants for her birthday....

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    • Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart

    • By: Vera B. Williams
    • Narrated by: Martha Plimpton
    • Length: 21 mins
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    A funny book that makes you cry. A sad book that makes you laugh. A book about two sisters and their family that makes you wish you were part of it--and grateful that you are not....

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    • A Chair for My Mother and Other Stories

    • By: Vera B. Williams
    • Narrated by: Martha Plimpton
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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    Listen to four stories about Rosa and her family: "A Chair for My Mother"; "Something Special for Me"; "Music, Music for Everyone"; and "A Chair for Always"....

    Regular price: $10.26

    • Music, Music for Everyone

    • By: Vera B. Williams
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    Rosa organizes her friends into the Oak Street Band in order to earn money her family needs because of her Grandma's illness....

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    • Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe

    • By: Vera B. Williams
    • Narrated by: Martha Plimpton
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Follow the red canoe from moment to moment as it journeys down river carrying the family on a camping tour. It's the next best thing to paddling it yourself....

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