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The Hickory Chair

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  124 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Here is a story to read with someone you love. Louis and his grandmother are inseparable. They know each other so well that Louis feels he can even see his grandmother, though he has been blind since birth. That love carries him through the very worst moments when Gran is gone, and when Louis seems to be forgotten.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book was rather uncomfortable for me to read. In the beginning we hear of a boy's relationship with his grandmother. A hickory chair is what brought the two together and was a special place for them. But suddenly the grandmother dies in the story and the rest of the story is about them splitting up her will and what the grandmother left to each person in the family. The grandmother hides a little note for each of the family members, but they are unable to find the note that she left for her ...more
Caitlin Barclay
The main character in this book is a little boy who is blind. His grandmother teaches him how to search for things without sight. When she dies he is sad because he misses her but then he finds a wonderful surprise from her! This is another story that shows readers what having a disability is like--almost just like regular life! This story can be a resource for teaching about disabilities but can (and should) be put into the classroom library.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A gentle story about a blind boy who misses his grandmother after she dies, and finds a gift she leaves hidden for him where only he would find it.
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My students were fascinated by this story. They definitely felt the love.
Sarah Rourke
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction: This was a really touching book that made me really think about my family and how thankful I am for them. I think it was really well written and engaging. I like how the boy described his Grandmother and was so fond of her. His Grandmother treated him with just as much love as she gave to the other grand kids, even though he was blind since birth. I think children will really appreciate this book!

Read aloud for enrichment to students 3rd through 5th grade.
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Gracie Larcher
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The Hickory Chair is a heart warming story with wonderful illustrations on every page. It is a story that truly tugs at your heart strings, but in the best way.

The Hickory Chair is the story of a young blind boy who is very close with his grandmother, when she passes away everyone is able to find notes from her, except for him. Eventually when the young boy becomes the same age as his grandma was when she died he finds the note. The story at times is sad, which in turn is probably why it shoul
Pamela Howard
This was an extremely heart felt book that I would love to use as a mini- lesson for a 3rd or 4th grade class because of the author's amazing use of descriptive dialogue that can assist the students with this technique for a writer's workshop. As I read, I was captivated by the details of the grandmother, and I began to smell the bleach as well as the other scents described. I also could use this book as a tool for teaching about the loss of a loved one and how some families deal with their emot ...more
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just thinking about this book brings the aroma of bleach and a hint of lavender to my mind. Lisa Rowe Fraustino does a fantastic job of bringing to life memories of family times. Louie, a young boy who has been born blind, thinks of the smell of bleach and lavender when he remembers his grandmother. After her death, she continues to "play" with her family as they search for clues around her house to discover what she has left them. Although Louie seems to be good at finding clues for everyone el ...more
Chandler Cash
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
I think this was a beautifully written book about the relationship of a grandchild and her grandmother and how she understands her grandmothers death. It just does a great job how looking at how a child connects to her grandmother through the chair that has given her so many memories. Overall this story has great language and goes beyond simple sentences, it pictures are also beautiful in design.

For the classroom it has purpose for staying on a shelf. I don't see its uses for a circle time read
Nicole Massa
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story follows a young boy, who is blind. He is very close with his grandmother, and will sit on her lap in her hickory chair and listen to her tell stories. After she dies, she leaves behind something for everyone her family. They must search for notes that have their names on them within the item that she left for them. The young boy is able to find many of the notes because he was familiar with all of the items that meant the most to her but does not find his note until years later. This ...more
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