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Are You My Mother? (Beginner Books B-18)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  123,351 ratings  ·  1,459 reviews
This is the classic from which many of our staff first learned to read, starting us on a path of unremitting bibliophilia. Are You My Mother? follows a confused baby bird who's been denied the experience of imprinting as he asks cows, planes, and steam shovels the Big Question. In the end he is happily reunited with his maternal parent in a glorious moment of recognition.
Board Book, 24 pages
Published September 8th 1998 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1960)
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Cher
Grades: pre-k to 2nd
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
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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
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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
Paganalexandria **wicked juices bubbling over**
This was my nephews favorite book growing up. It had special meaning because I was raising him during his own mother's issues. At the time, they 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. Maybe it is why this story meant so much to him. All I know is that 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 surpris
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MostlyDelores
Mother Bird wears a kerchief on her head because of femininity.



Jason Carr
A startling exposition on the morality of snorts.
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
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midnightfaerie
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.
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.
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Rossy
How could the mother bird leave while the egg was hatching? T______T
Jim
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.
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. :)
Mexy Gonzales
The book entitled “Are You My Mother?” tells the story about a little newborn bird that has just hatched with his mother no where to be found. The little bird sets out to find his mother and asks a series of animals and objects if they are his mother. After asking a “snort” if it’s his mother it picks him up and caries him back to his nest where he finds his mother. The topics this book contains include animals, parents, and determination. The great thing about this book is that its audience, wh ...more
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
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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
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TRENA
I read this book to my little brother who is three. He really enjoyed this book because he loves birds and all the pictures. I thought this book was a really good book to teach young elementary kids how to read and different types of animals.

“Are You My Mother?” is a book about a baby bird who just hatched out of an egg and has to find his mother. The baby bird first asks a kitten if she is his mother and the kitten just stares at him so the baby bird walks away. The baby bird then asks a hen an
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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
Robin
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
Kristie
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
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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.
Gricel
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.
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.
Nicole Long
I can remember my mother reading this to my sister and I when we were little! Still makes me want to cry!
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
Jasmine
good book just want to read it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Elle Harris
This is a fun picture book about a baby bird searching to find his mother. Right before the bird hatched, his mother flew away to find food so she could feed him when he hatched. When the bird hatched with his mother nowhere in sight, he was frightened and went on an adventure to find her. He encountered a variety of different animals including a dog and a cow, all of which did not know where to find his mother. After exploring for a while, the bird was put back into the nest where his mother gr ...more
Raegan Young
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
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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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