5 best mother figures in books
Normally I publish my book posts on a Tuesday but since today is World Book Day, I thought I'd hold back for a couple of days. To make it extra-seasonal, I've tied this post in with Mothers' Day, following the theme of my #bookbloggers Twitter chat on Tuesday. I've pored over my bookshelves to decide on my five top mother figures in books.
The Harry Potter Series
This one really didn't require any thinking about and, unsurprisingly, Mrs Weasley was mentioned in pretty much every tweet during the chat. The way she cares for everybody as if they were her own child is just wonderful. She may not be able to provide much financially but she more than makes up for that in her generosity in love.
Buy this super pretty edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
One day I might write a round-up post where A Tree Grows in Brooklyn isn't included... or at least one where I actually have the book to hand when I take photos. At the moment it's living in my car, because you never know when you might need it! Katie Nolan is fierce, steely and determined to create a better life for her children. While she may not be overly affectionate, her children know how much they are loved.
Full review here // Buy A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
The Book Thief
In a similar vein to Katie Nolan, Rosa Hubermann is a strong woman who doesn't show affection in that clichéd motherly way. Despite her strictness, and terrible language, she is a compassionate and caring woman who really does want the best for everyone. Testament to this is the fact that although she is not our protagonist's biological mother, she still accomodates her and supports her throughout the novel.
Full review here // Buy The Book Thief
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly
OK, OK. Sprout is a hen. She's still a really lovely little character and a fantastic mother to her little chicks. Sprout wants a new life for her children- a better life than she could ever have dreamed of- and will sacrifice everything in order to do this.
Full review here // Buy The Hen Who Dreamed she Could Fly
Aibileen, a black maid in 1960s America, is interesting as a motherly figure since she lost her own son. However, she still cares for the children she minds as if they were her own and instills them with the knowledge that love and kindness are more important than skin colour. As the novel progresses, she grows more confident in herself and ultimately realises how strong she is.
Full (very early) review here // Buy The Help
Who are your favourite motherly figures in literature? Let me know!
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