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A Mother For Choco

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  830 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Family is about love no matter how different parents and children may be, adopted or not.

Choco wishes he had a mother, but who could she be? He sets off to find her, asking all kinds of animals, but he doesn't meet anyone who looks just like him. He doesn't even think of asking Mrs. Bear if she's his mother-but then she starts to do just the things a mommy might do. And wh
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 25th 1992 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Shanna Gonzalez
Twenty years after P.D. Eastman’s classic Are You My Mother?, Keiko Kasza presents a heartwarming story of another lonely bird who sets off to find his mother — but is disappointed after interviewing a giraffe, penguin, and walrus, to find that no mother shares his wings, his yellow color, his round cheeks, or his striped feet. When he spies Mrs. Bear he knows she isn’t his mother, but when he begins to cry she immediately comforts him, just as he imagines his mother would do. When she suggests ...more
Christy
It is difficult for me to objectively review this book. I have read this book to my son almost everyday for over three years. This beautifully written book is about a bird named Choco. This bird needs a mother. Choco looks everywhere but cannot find a mother who looks exactly like him. The walrus, giraffe and penguin all encourage Choco to look elsewhere for his mother. When Choco sees Mrs. Bear he knows she cannot be his mother because she looks nothing like him. Soon, Choco discovers that Mrs. ...more
Scooping it Up
Oh my heavens! This is my favorite new children's book. It gently introduces the idea of adoption and unique looking families to children with sweet prose, lovely illustrations, and a guessable story-line until the last few pages. I thought I knew where it was going but it was even better than I thought. The first time I read it outloud to my 4 and 2 year old my voice caught in my throat and I became choked up.

They have asked for it several times and really like it! The message is subtle enough
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Madison Young
A Mother for Choco is about a little bird named Choco who has trouble finding who his mother is. After going up to several mother animals, Choco is upset because he cannot find a mother who looks just like him. Finally, Choco spies Mrs. Bear picking apples in a nearby orchard. Mrs. Bear sees Choco crying and she takes him back to her house where Choco sees three other children who do not look exactly like Mrs. Bear. This story displays themes of nontraditional families and acceptance. I love thi ...more
Lisa Vegan
Apr 24, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: particularly for children in adoptive families
I guess this is very sappy story, but I really enjoyed it anyway, although I couldn’t help thinking about the potential dangers some of these animals were to some of the others.

I read this because I loved this author’s picture book: The Dog Who Cried Wolf.

The pictures in this book are wonderful, and it’s a sweet story, and it’s especially applicable for children in adoptive families.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Choco is a funny-looking yellow bird with striped blue feet, who doesn't have a home. He goes looking for his mother, but doesn't ever find her, exactly. Instead, he gets adopted by a bear who says she would love to be his mother, too, as she is mother for several other young animals.
Yes, it's sappy, but in a lovely way, and it made me a bit teary.
Amy Rogers
This book makes me cry every time I read it! To see the mom bear with all her different children, it just reminds me of every single Foster Child that has ever come through my door.

It also shows that you don't need to look alike to be a family, you only need love. Wonderful for our trans-racial family!
Bythedeed
I started to tear up towards the end of this book the first time I read it to my friend's kid, and to be honest, almost any time I read it.

I often find myself rolling my eyes, gagging, skipping pages and making up dialogue and narration when reading books to children, but A Mother for Choco seems to be a rare children's book that's worth reading all the way through.

Seems like it could be a good book for helping children normalize inter-racial families, adopted families, families with step childr
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Nicole Agadoni
A Mother for Choco is a modern spin off of the trational tale, Are You My Mother?. Choco is a lonely little bird who doesn’t have a mother, so he decides to go out and find one. Choco asks all different kinds of animals if they are his mother. Each animal tells Choco that because they don’t look like him, there's no way they could be his mother. Choco beings to feel as though he doesn’t belong with anyone because no one looks like him. Miss Bear hears Choco crying, and asks Choco what a mother w ...more
Meg McGregor
This is a story about a little BIRD named Choco, who after looking for sometime, finds the perfect mother, in Mrs. BEAR.

Being an adoptive mother myself, this book brought tears to my eyes.

I love adoption stories and this is one of the sweetest I have read.

As I told Katherine, every day she was growing up, "You did not grow in my tummy. You lived in my heart!"

Darryl and I waited eight long long years for Katherine. I called it one of the longest pregnancies on record.

She is now 21 and simply the
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Brooke
A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza is an adorable picture book for ages nursery to primary. It tugs on the heartstrings and has the sweetest ending. A little bird, Choco, awakens one morning with no mother to be seen. The little bird goes around to every mother animal and asks her if she is his mother. They all have the same reply- no, because they do not look alike. Defeated and lonely, Choco is found by a momma bear who says that she will be his mother. The momma bear brings Choco home to her f ...more
Ebookwormy
Sep 24, 2010 Ebookwormy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone raising fragile children, adoption & interracial families
A lovely book whose engaging tales goes far beyond adoption to reach out to any child who has ever felt "different" within his family. While adoption practitioners have embraced this book, it would be a sad waste of a wonderful story (the word adoption is not even used), if it were not read broadly.

The book illustrates that families are built on love and that love for each other is more important that how each member of the family looks. The first time I read it was with my friend and her daught
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Becky
Choco is a goofy-looking little bird who lives alone, and is lonely. He decides to find his mother. He asks a giraffe if she's his mother, because she's yellow. The giraffe concedes that she is yellow like Choco, but she doesn't have wings like Choco, therefore she's not his mother. Choco approaches several other animals that have something in common with his looks, but ultimately those animals are not a perfect physical match.

Finally, the despondent Choco happens upon a bear who scoops up the u
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Kara Roberts
Choco wishes he had a mother, but who could she be? He sets off to find her, asking all kinds of animals, but he doesn't meet anyone who looks just like him. He doesn't even think of asking Mrs. Bear if she's his mother-but then she starts to do just the things a mommy might do. And when she brings him home, he meets her other children-a piglet, a hippo, and an alligator-and learns that families can come in all shapes and sizes and still fit together.

Keiko Kasza's twist on the "Are you my mother
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Marina
The book is about Choco, yellow bird with striped blue feet, who doesn't have a home, a mom. The bird goes looking for his mother, but doesn't ever find her, exactly. In the end, he gets adopted by a bear who says she would love to be his mother. It is a very touchable book, that can make you even cry. Indeed, is lovely but a bit teary. In my opinion, this book should be introduced in schools, because there are so many traditional or non-traditional families. I think that students should be info ...more
Angela
Choco is a very lonely little bird. He doesn’t have a mother so he decides to go out and find a mother. Choco asks all kinds of animals if they are his mother. They all say they don’t look like him so they can’t be his mother. He starts to cry because he doesn’t belong, no one looks like him, so, no one is his mother. Miss Bear hears Choco crying and asks what is wrong. he tells her that he doesn’t look like anyone so he doesn’t belong. Bear asks Choco what would a mother do instead of asking Ch ...more
Sarah Sammis
Sean continues to borrow books from school, including A Mother for Choco. I really enjoyed reading this story to Sean and it gave us the opportunity to talk about something we've never discussed before: adoption. Choco, the adorable little bird on the cover doesn't have a mother an decides to go find one. He asks a variety of animal mothers and they all turn him down for one reason or another until he meets a mother bear. She welcomes him into her life with open arms (in the form of a bear hug, ...more
Kaitlin
A sweet story about a little bird who is looking for her mother. Choo expects her mother to be yellow and have chubby cheeks just like she does. But when Choco finds Mrs. Bear, she learns that family isn't just about what you look like - it's how well you're loved.

This story is from 1982 but really holds up for transracial adoptive/foster families or step families.
Sarah Adamson
This is a fun little story which cleverly uses a funny looking bird's search for a mother to discuss adoption, fostering, and what a mother should really be all about. I can see this book helping with transitions for adopted kids and for children who just don't look like their parents. Interesting, clever and a great twist on PD Eastman's Are you my mother?
Mike Romesburg
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Candace Offutt
This is a great book to teach children about the diversity in families. It is very cute and predictable with all the repetition. I think children can relate to this story, because maybe their families may look a little different than others.
Garrett Ellis
An interesting book viewpoint wise! Would be a good book for students in your room that may be adopted and are struggling to did their identity! Definitely for younger students.
Brooke Birchler
This would be perfect to read to students who are adopted. This book shows that they do not have to look like their parents in order for them to be their mother or father.
Colleen
A Mother for Choco is a touching book about a little bird that needed a home. The book can be designated as both N and P. Choco goes on a search for a family and he is welcomed by a Mom (a bear) and siblings(diff.types of animals) that look nothing like one and other. This is a book that should be included in the library of every adopted child. The illustrations are very colorful, pleasing as well and very imaginative. They capture the love of a family, and any child could find a little of thems ...more
Samantha Weatherford
This book was read as a read aloud for our class and the teacher made several amazing connections with the book. it could be used for inference lessons based on the connections she made. She inferred throughout the book that the characters in the book believed that in order to be someone's mother you had to look like them. At the book's end Choco learns that the bear can be his mother even though they do not look alike because she will take care of him and love him like a mother.This would be a ...more
Heather
Sweet story about what constitutes a mother. Great book for children who have been adopted.
J-Lynn
Little Choco goes looking for his mother, but the other animals say that they don’t look like him so they can’t be his mother. But, when Choco finds Mrs. Bear, he describes what a mother is and Mrs. Bear volunteers to be his mother. Choco then learns that Mrs. Bear’s family consists of an alligator, a hippo, and a piglet, so Choco is right at home. Choco is happy that his new mom “looked just the way she did.”

The book was originally published in Japan and is dedicated to “all the children who ha
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Megan
Audience: K-3
Genre: Picture Book
Topic: Adoption; multi-cultural adoption
Theme: Families are different
Curricular Uses: Read-Aloud, Independent Reading, Shared Reading
Literary Elements: Repetition of phrases, dialogue, sequential plot
Illustrations: Great pictures that support the text.
Additional Comments: This is a great book! I would use this book in a classroom setting for children grades K-3. Shows adoption and families being different in such a unique way. Sends an important message to chil
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Cheryl
One of the best adoption stories I have read in a long time.
Kristin Miller
Popular read in our house!! Our kids love to have us read it often!!
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