Duration: 1st May – 31st May 2021
Number of books: 7
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection
May 2021 Scavenger Challenge : Beloved Mothers in Literature
Duration: May 1 – 31, 2021
In honor of Mother’s Day, we take a look at mothers who we remember fondly from our books past and present.
1. Margaret “Marmee” March, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The March family’s tenderhearted matriarch teaches her four daughters the value of thoughtful speech, a tireless work ethic, and compassionate service to others through her own actions. She corrects her daughters’ mistakes gently and without judgment, mans the home front while her husband is away at war without complaint, and generously shares her family’s own limited resources with those more in need. She’s the picture of strength in trial and grace under pressure.
🥰 Read a book originally published in March of any year; tell us when OR read a book in which mother is in charge of the family during father’s absence (i.e. war, death, desertion, severe illness); tell us why OR (re-)read Little Women.
2. Molly Weasley, Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
While her seven children bemoan the personalized sweaters she knits for them each Christmas, the gesture only grows our fondness for the magical matron. Her warmth extends beyond her own charges to Harry himself, including him in holiday celebrations and Diagon Alley shopping trips. Her fiery spirit shines brightest when she joins the Order of the Phoenix and defends her daughter Ginny at the Battle of Hogwarts.
🥰 (Re-)read any book in the Harry Potter series OR read a book with a mother who has magical or paranormal powers; tell us who and what her powers are OR read a book that features a large family (at least 6 children); tell us the family composition.
3. Ma (Caroline) Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
When it comes to a literary mother who embodies strength, it’s hard to outperform Caroline Ingalls. Along with her husband, she moves her family from a little log cabin in Wisconsin across the plains to Kansas, then to Minnesota, and then again to the Dakota Territory. She navigates the struggles of pioneer life, from harsh winters to limited resources, with grace, working hard to make their home a safe haven.
🥰 Read a book whose title contains the word “LITTLE” or “PRAIRIE” (reasonable variations acceptable – i.e. Littlest, Prairies) OR read a book set during pioneer times (~1760 – 1850); tell us when OR read a book with a covered wagon on its cover; remember to post the cover.
4. Marilla Cuthbert, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Marilla is one of the most devoted adoptive mothers we know. She and her brother Matthew had been expecting a young boy to help around the farm, but instead they find themselves saddled with an incorrigibly optimistic orphan named Anne. While Marilla at first seems practical to the point of being hard-hearted, she proves herself a nurturing (and beloved) mother to Anne, even if she wasn’t a huge fan of red-headed Anne Shirley from the get-go.
🥰 Read a book that takes place anywhere in Canada (bonus for PEI); tell us where OR read a book whose MC is an orphan OR read a book whose author’s first name is Anne (Ann or other reasonable spellings are acceptable; however, Anna is not).
5. Clara del Valle Trueba, The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Clara the Clairvoyant is the magical matriarch of the Trueba family. The mother of Blanca, Jaime, and Nícolas, she is as mysterious as she is constant. Clara can predict the future, communicate with spirits, and read dreams, and she has telekinetic power accompanied by a strong disregard for material things. She brings joy to the Trueba family, and grounds it (which is ironic since she levitates) with her love and predictions, and her powers reflect a woman’s determination to exist and to affect the world around her.
🥰 Read any of the books in the Del Valle Family trilogy (Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Sepia, or The House of the Spirits) OR read a book that is a family saga (covers at least 50 years and three generations) OR read a book by any Latin American author; make sure to post an author link.
6. Aibileen Clark, The Help by Kathryn Stockett
In The Help, the maids talk about how much they love the children that they raise. Aibileen knows that eventually she will have to leave the babies that she raises but that doesn’t stop her from loving them as any mother would. In some cases, she loves them even more than their own parents. She always tells her charges, “You is smart, you is kind, you is important.”
🥰 Read any book featuring a nanny or governess; tell us who OR (re-)read The Help OR read a book that takes place in Deep South (South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana); tell us where.
7. Vianne Rocher, Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Vianne spends her time traveling, making chocolate, and attempting to help people. The keyword is “attempt;” while Vianne manages in her first book, in The Girl With No Shadow reality catches up to her. She starts to deny magic for her children’s sake, but her daughter Anouk won’t have any of that. Vianne as a mother is constantly in motion, trying to do what’s best but not always succeeding. It makes her relatable and sympathetic.
🥰 Read a book that involves chocolate as a major theme; tell us how OR read a book that takes place anywhere in France OR (re-)read any of the books in the Chocolat series (Chocolat, The Girl with No Shadow, or Peaches for Father Francis).