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A Mother for Choco

4.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,084 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
A lonely little bird named Choco goes in search of a mother.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 10th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published March 25th 1992)
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Scottsdale Public Library
The illustrations in Keiko Kasza stories are always bright and joyful, making her one of my favorite children’s book authors. This particular book of hers has always struck a special chord with me. Little Choco is in search of his mother and doesn’t know where she could be. The ending is a slight twist from the norm, and introduces the concept of adoption and love in a simple way that children can relate to. –Hannah V.
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Juli19
Oct 25, 2015 Juli19 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Choco a bird with no home or family. One day he though that he was going to look for his mother and he set off to find her. He asked the giraffe, penguin and walrus but they told him that they were not his mother because they were not like him. Choco walk away very sad because he was not going to find someone like him. He saw a bear and he started to cry because a bear could not be his mother since she was not like him. The bear run towards him to see why he was crying so sh ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Feb 04, 2013 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-00-04
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
Mar 20, 2009 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Diane
May 09, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
A very sweet story about adoption and how families don't always have to look alike to have love.
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ashley
Oct 11, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title / Author / Publication Date:
A Mother for Choco / Kasza, Keiko. / 1992

Genre: Fiction

Format: Picture Book – print

Plot summary:
Tells the story of a lonely bird named Choco who is searching for a mother, asking all kinds of animals if they are his mother. But he doesn’t meet anyone who looks just like him. He then meets Mrs. Bear, and doesn't even think of asking 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 c
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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
May 31, 2011 Amy Rogers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Holly Hammock
Oct 18, 2015 Holly Hammock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: text-set
This book is so cute! It reminds me of the start of another book called, "Are you my mother?" but in this book the mother at the end is not another bird, its a mother bear. Choco is alone, lost, and sad. He wants a mother but everyone he encounters tells him he doesn't look like them so they can't be his family. But when he meets mother bear, she makes him happy and asks him "well, what would a mother do?" and then does whatever he says. She has other children that done look like her. She's obvi ...more
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
Feb 18, 2015 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Susan
Sep 20, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, storybook
This book starts out very strangely Choco, for some unexplained reason has no mother so he goes off to look for one.

He meets a variety of animals and asks if they might be his mother receiving replies from them such as the giraffe 'yes I'm yellow like you but I don't have wings'. As if the giraffe is unsure whether she might have given birth to Choco without noticing but is reassured that her lack of wings means he belongs to someone else. Really? OK, later on in the story there is a comment on
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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 it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 08, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-and-ya
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
Apr 07, 2014 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2013 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2015 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Patricia Pagan
An excellent, upbeat, warm book about how family can form between people who don't look the same. A wonderful read for adoptive families of all kinds, foster families, teachers, libraries, churches and temples. A fellow adoptive mom gave it to me at my adoption shower, and it has become a family favorite!
Patty
Oct 23, 2015 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I checked it out from the library and I think I'm going to buy a copy for home. I'm adopting soon and have started reading books to my son on adoption. I like how simple the story was, how pretty the pictures are, and how it is easy to follow and understand for a small child.
Mike Romesburg
Sep 01, 2013 Mike Romesburg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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