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Are You My mother?

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  114,422 ratings  ·  1,355 reviews

ARE YOU MY MOTHER? tells a very simple story for children who have just started to read. their younger brothers or sisters will also want to follow the baby bird's quest as he asks everyone and everything he meets, "Are You My Mother?".

Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the

Hardcover, 64 pages
Published December 1993 by HarperCollins (first published 1960)
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When I was in first grade, my sister and I found out we were adopted. I instantly sought comfort in this book. We were told we were adopted because in class we had to write down where we inherited our facial features and hair from. I couldn't say where I got my curly hair from and when my teacher told me I had to get curly hair from someone in my family, I came home from school on a mission to discover where it came from knowing that I was the only one with curls. The idea th
Ann M
Jan 16, 2008 Ann M rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a mother, or who is a mother
Recommended to Ann by: I remembered it from childhood. I loved it when I was little.
I absolutely love this book!!!! This book never gets old and never stops being fun to read or hear. We LOVE this book!

For years Thea pretended to "pop!" from the egg. She still does sometimes. And this book is how she first learned that animals EAT other animals..

She knew birds caught worms. But it wasn't until I asked her what the baby bird was going to DO with the worm that I realized she didn't know. She said the worm was going to live in the nest with the baby bird. Like a pet.

So I, somewh
Shanna Gonzalez
Are You My Mother, a simple, well-loved classic, opens with a mother bird sitting on her egg. When the egg begins to move, she leaves to find some food for her anticipated baby. In her absence, the egg hatches, and the hatchling sets out in search of his mother. He asks a kitten, a hen, a dog, and a cow if they are his mother, and each says "no." He sees a car, a boat, and an airplane, is disappointed that none of them are his mother either. Finally, he finds a construction digger, which he call ...more
Apparently this is a popular theme, as we've seen it several times in many books. I thought it was a little long for the topic, or maybe I just wasn't that interested. But it looked like my kids felt differently. Both my preschool and school aged kids enjoyed it and were engaged throughout.
Mother Bird wears a kerchief on her head because of femininity.

DJ Harris
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

My grandson, Gauge, and I read this book together recently. He is only 4-years-old and I noticed that this book is a little hard for him to follow. It also doesn't engage him as well as other books in the same genre have in the past. I still like the book, but for the real young ones it might be a skip.
How could the mother bird leave while the egg was hatching? T______T
Jason Carr
A startling exposition on the morality of snorts.
Marg bought 4 of these books for the upcoming grandmonster & asked me to mail them. They're in a nifty 4"x6" thick cardboard format, unlike the ones we had for our kids. Hopefully harder for little fingers to tear. I had to read them first. I remember this one well. Pretty good, although not the best. Cute pictures, though.
Keamy Loken
Strange story, the main character was VERY dim which did not suit the story.
It at first seemed as though it would be a breath taking story started with the age old question. "Are you my mother?" But his repeated asking of this question (To other animals and inanimate objects that could not possibly be his mother.)I found slightly disturbing. It also contributed to my fear that this newly hatched bird, had mental retardation brought on by his fall from the nest.
This book also brings up another s
Yolanda Sfetsos
I used to LOVE reading this book to my daughter! I read it to her SO many times, and she loved it every single time. :)
Alyssa Miller
“Are You My Mother” is an outstanding children’s book. It is written by P.D. Eastman and is told by a baby bird who falls out of his nest. The little bird's mother feels the egg moving around so she goes out to get food for the newborn. While she is gone, the baby bird falls out of the nest and encounters a bunch of different animals to try and find his mother.

This book is told in first person by the baby bird. The main character is the baby bird. There are also some other animals that are only
Vibiana Cruz
“Are You My Mother” is a great children’s book. It is written by P.D. Eastman. It is told by a baby bird who falls out of his nest. The little bird's mother felt the baby bird moving around in the egg, so she went to find him something to eat. The baby bird falls out of the nest while his mother is gone. He encounters a bunch of different animals, but is not very successful in finding his own mother.

This book is told in first person by the baby bird. The main character is the baby bird. However
Samantha Simmons
This book opens with a mother bird sitting on her egg. When the egg begins to move, she leaves to find some food for her anticipated baby. In her absence, the egg hatches, and the hatchling sets out in search of his mother. He asks a kitten, a hen, a dog, and a cow if they are his mother, and each says "no." He sees a car, a boat, and an airplane, is disappointed that none of them are his mother either. Finally, he finds a construction digger, which he calls a Snort. The digger lifts him high in ...more
especially delicious when read by mark miller!
Leanne Mc
This book is based on a baby bird’s struggle to distinguish who his mother is. His mother flew off to find food for her baby before he hatched. She wanted to be prepared for his arrival and it was her maternal instinct to do so. “He will want to eat”. When the baby bird hatches he automatically thinks he is alone and sets out to find his mother. He is quite advanced for such a new baby bird as he has the awareness that he should have a mother. He has no idea who his mother is or what she physica ...more
Lorraine Ryan
This is a great book to introduce young children to the world of reading as it is a very easy read with simple words. The illustrations are very colourful which is what I liked about it. There is nothing worse than a good story and boring pictures! It is a story about a bird who hatches from an egg but to her surprise, cannot find her mother anywhere. She ends up asking planes, cows and even a shovel, ‘are you my mother?’ I thought asking a plane was a bit silly but I won’t go into that! The end ...more
What was the Snort's motivation for placing the baby bird back in the nest? That just came too fast for me. Maybe because the version I own is a board book--I think the story may have been abridged to fit within a board book's formatting guidelines. I chuckle each time I read this book because I wonder about the complex this poor baby bird will have when it hatches to find itself alone. And then when the mother returns, there is no remorse for her absence when her child enters the world! And the ...more
Errin Tucker
This is a picture book designed for children P-I.

This was a story about a chick who hatches from her egg and is in search of her mother. As she searches for her mother she comes across all different types of animals until she is able to locate her mother.

I gave this book a rating of 4 stars. It was a very sweet book that was enjoyable to read. I think young children would like this book because it reviews different types of animals which is good for young children who are still learning mother
Angelica Flores
Are you my mother? Is a book about a bird who is trying to find his mother. He goes on a look out to find her and asks different types of animals if they are his mother. This book is a short and fun read for children. Children will love the illustrations because they are cute. This book is also entertaining because the reader needs to keep reading to find out if the bird finds his mother or not.
The story of the book is very simple and good for children to illustrate the self-awareness process, but I think it is a very long book to read, specially to little children. I found myself bored at the middle of it, counting the pages to end it. The comic type illustrations are very expressive and easy to follow. Ages 3-7.
Paganalexandria **wicked juices bubbling over**
This was my nephews favorite book growing up. It had special meaning to me because I was raising him because of his own mother's issues at the time which prevented her from being there. It broke my heart that maybe this little boy was confused about which of the women in his life was actually his mother, and maybe it is why this story meant so much to him. All I know is he would crawl into my lap, with his battered copy of this book, and ask me to read it to him, over, and over again.

Imagine my
Nia King
Are you my mother is a very cute book! This bird asks all types of animals the very silly question, "are you my mother?", this book shows several different Animals and could be used as an identifying tool.
Eddie Watkins
I loved this book as a kid and recently reread it because I bought it for our daughter. The only part I liked this time was when the baby bird fell out of the tree. It's a mystery what I saw in it as a kid, so I'm hoping when I can read it to my daughter she'll find it as fascinating as I once did and will be able to explain it to me. I really am curious to get some insight into the little kid mind, not that I've lost my little kid mind because I still love P. D. Eastman's Go Dog Go! which I've ...more
Kellie Callahan
In this story, a baby bird is born while his mother is away getting food. The tiny bird wonders where his mother is. So he goes to look for her. He asks everyone if they are his mother: a kitten, a hen, a dog, a cow. He is left wondering if he even has a mother. The baby bird is very determined to find his mother. He believe that a car, a boat, a plane and a ‘snort’. The snort picked up the baby bird and wheeled away with him, leaving the bird scared and confused. He just wants to find him mom! ...more
Brandy Reed
We were all born on this earth by special women. The children’s book “Are You My Mom?” by P. D. Eastman depicts the special bond between a baby bird and his mom. After the baby hatches from it’s egg and looks to find his mom he notices that she is not there. He does not know that the mama bird has gone to catch him food. In the meantime the baby bird decides to leave the nest and go find her. He encounters many animals and kindly asks each one, “are you my mother?” Unfortunately the baby bird ha ...more
"Are You My Mother" is the story of a baby bird who hatches while his mother is out getting food for him. He decides to search for her and leaves the nest. The book goes through all the animals and objects that the baby bird encounters and he asks every animal and object if they are his mother. To which each animal says no. Finally the baby bird decides to go back to the nest and that is when mother bird comes back and they are reunited.
The illustrations in this book are similar to the illustrat
Mother bird just laid an egg and is waiting for it to hatch when she suddenly realizes that she has no food to feed the baby! Off she goes in search of food but before we know it, the egg is jumping around in its nest. What is a baby bird to do when he cracks open his egg and finds no mom? Well, look for her of course. Baby bird has no clue where his mother is or what she looks like. He goes around asking just about everything he sees if it is his mother, whether it be a dog or a plane.
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The whole story begins when a mother bird leaves her nest (and egg) alone but the egg hatches while she’s away and begins to question where his mother is. The mystery continues as the little bird asks various animals things whether they were the little boy’s mother but no one was his mother and he finally realizes that none of them where his mother. As fate would have it the last thing (a shovel) dumps him back in his nest where he finds his mother and tells her about his adventure.

The illustrat
Joseph Deschamps
In my opinion there is not much to talk about this book however I do highly recommend it for children ages eight and under this book talks about a baby bird who is trying to find his mother his mother has currently left her Nest to find food before the little baby bird is born while the mother is gone the little baby bird is born and then The little baby bird is confused and does not know where his mother is he decides to go off and look for his mother while he's looking for his mother he walks ...more
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Philip Dey "Phil" Eastman was an American screenwriter, children's author, and illustrator. As an author, he is known primarily as P. D. Eastman. A protégé of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Eastman wrote many books for children, in his own distinct style under the Dr. Seuss brand of Random House, many of which were in the Beginner Books series.

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