Are You My Mother?
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Are You My Mother?

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  99,219 ratings  ·  1,221 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 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...more
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...more
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.
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
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.
Jim
Aug 25, 2013 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids, 1paper
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.
MostlyDelores
Mother Bird wears a kerchief on her head because of femininity.



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...more
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...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
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...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...more
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
Samantha Holler
Are You My Mother? is an adorable beginning level book that tells the story of a hatching bird. Before the baby bird hatches, his mother leaves the nest to find food. She thinks that the egg with stay in her nest however, the baby bird hatches! Scared and confused, the baby bird runs into a multitude of animals asking "Are You My Mother?" Each animal replies with "No." As he proceeds to look for his mother, the baby bird becomes desperate. He starts asking machinery like cars, boats, and planes....more
Diana Garcia
This book was definitely something simple and easy to read. I like that the beginning it shows how the bird hatched from an egg. We could also start the book by predicting where we thought the mother went. We could also discuss about the way bird's have to learn how to fly and do things on their own just like us. The vocabulary explains about the difference between each of the animals and their names. The illustrations were simple which made it easy to focus on each of the things on a page. Not...more
Dominique
Are You My Mother is a great book to introduce little ones to the joys of reading. There are not a lot of words and they are small so children can understand them. The question is one of interest to little ones who are still trying to sort out what is going on in this new world. The little bird falls from her nest while mother bird is out getting worms. She goes to every animal she sees and asks, "Are you my mommy? “This simple story keeps the child's interest, because the little ones are concer...more
Kathleen Dixon
This is one of my all-time favourite children's books. It just gets everything right! The pictures are simple, while evoking strong emotions. The words are also simple, but tell the story with such a lovely range of emotions, and so true to a child's view of the world.

Zenobia and James listened enthralled. It's so lovely to read this to my grandchildren, and I can remember reading it to my children. Gosh, if I look after my copy there'll be great-grandchildren to read it to one day.
Amaal
Title: Are You My Mother?
Author: P.D. Eastman
Date of Publication: 1960
Genre: Fiction/Picture Book
Annotations: This book is about a baby bird that embarks on a journey to find his mother after hatching form his egg. He goes from animal to animal to object to object and wonders if he’ll ever find his mother! Eventually, in the end, he is returned to his nest where he finds his mother.

I love this story. It has just the right amount of pictures and words on a page. It also helps children build a sen...more
Romanus Elangwe
The story teaches that children should learn to be patient and try to stay at home where a caregiver has placed them. The fact that the snort took the baby bird back on the tree to meet its mother does not mean that children should venture as the baby bird did. The baby bird met with many scary people who could have adopted him. The question I would like to put to the children is "would you like to take the risk of going around looking for your mother as the baby bird did"?


Also, the book has app...more
Kimichelle Aboutorabi
This book is one of my favorite books of P.D. Eastman's writings. It is a story told by most mothers to their young children. P.D. Eastman wrote this book in the 1960's along with a few others such as "Go Dog Go", "Snow", and others that were published. "Are You My Mother" warms the hearts of the children letting them know what will unfold next and who the little bird will ask? It starts off with the mother bird anticipating her new arrival and she flies off to get some food. While she is out lo...more
Paige
I remember this book from when I was little. I feel like this is a good book for children in Kindergarten and below. It could be fun to read in a classroom because you can go along with all of the actions the little bird is doing throughout the book. The children will think it is funny how the bird thinks all of the other animals are his mother. There are not many colors used but the illustrations are really cute.
Muse Here
Jun 12, 2012 Muse Here rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents, young children, EVERYONE
Shelves: kids
This is one of my all time favorites from my childhood and now that I own it and read it to my kiddos, it somehow means even more. So cute and lovable. Always a favorite at our house. Though really, I don't think it ever occurred to me as a youngster that the end doesn't really make that much sense. But, in the imagination world, it's a great story and I like the 'missing' mother theme. Very cute.
Camille Ryckman
Brief summary A bird loses it's mother. The bird searches all over town to find his mother in many unusual places. Until the bird's mother finds him right where she left him, in the nest.
Annotation - The worry kids have about being lost is addressed in a easy manner by having the bird ask everyone and thing if they are his mother. The bird is scared but found right where he was supposed to be all along.
Age appropriateness 3-6
Connection to six early literacy skills
Narrative Skills - the story ke...more
Teddie Trombley
This book is about a baby bird that is searching to find his mama. The mama bird was sitting on her egg when the egg started to move. She wanted to go find something for the baby bird to eat when it is born so she leaves to find something. While the mama bird was gone the egg hatched and the baby bird was so confused because his mama was not there. The baby bird started searching for his mama but didn’t see her in the nest so the baby decided to leave the nest and go looking for his mama. Since...more
Mrs. Gabrielle Zastrow's
Review by Emma and Lydia U.

This book is about a baby bird and a mother bird. It takes place in the nest and then outside of the nest before the baby bird can fly. The problem is the mother bird went to go get food and the egg hatched before the mom got back. The bird was lonely and wanted his mother, so he took off, out of the nest on the look out for his mother. First, he tried to fly but found out he couldn't fly. So he went walking and met a kitten. He asked "Are you my mother?" and the cat s...more
Jaycie Shearer
Are You My Mother? addresses many issues that can indirectly be helpful for many children in understanding larger issues. The small book is searching for his mother throughout the story. The reader can see that the bird is not related to all of the other different animals because the author used animals instead of humans to portray the story; the bird however does not realize the differences between animal species. In the classroom, this book is useful to teach that people long for a sense of be...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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