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Are You My Mother?

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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  197,131 ratings  ·  2,283 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 school
Paperback, 64 pages
Published 1962 by Random House, Inc. (first published 1960)
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Cameron I can read it! I have it in my closet. it was the 1 my mom had when she was little!
Sarah Cause it doesn't let you
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Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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 i
Michael Finocchiaro
This is a wonderful story that I absolutely adored reading over and over again to my kids. It has great sonorities to the words and is lots of fun. It is a great way for especially small kids to learn that just because mommy disappears for a little while, she will always come back - and sometimes with a tasty treat - yummy worms!! :)
A must for kids!
Ahmad Sharabiani
Are You My Mother? P.D. Eastman
First it starts off with the mother bird who sits on her egg. The mother (after she hears it jump) tells herself that her baby is going to be here and may want to eat. Then, she tells herself she should get something for her baby bird to eat. Then she leaves her egg and hopes it stays in her nest where she left it. She flies off to find food. The baby bird hatches. He does not understand where his mother is so he goes to look for her. Without the ability to f
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a Mother Bird leaves the nest to find food for her yet-to-hatch egg, little does she know that the Baby Bird will be on a mission to find his mother right off the bat. With no one in the nest, Baby Bird begins a search around, seeking out his mother. Not a kitten, a hen, a cow or a dog... and on goes the search for his mother. Further explorations prove fruitless, but Baby Bird is soon reunited with his mother and finds all the happiness he could want. Neo chose this as his final bedtime bo ...more
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“You are not my mother. You are a scary Snort!”

I may not have loved this book but I can still appreciate it :) It's an okay book especially to introduce to young children to as it is a very easy read with very simple words. The illustrations in the remakes are very colorful which is good because it holds the eye. There's nothing worse than a good story with absolute boring pictures! It just kinda felt a bit long for what it was. But my little niece seemed to enjoy it well enough★'s
Archit Ojha
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A cute, little, tiny tiny bird is out and about to explore the world. What is she searching? Whom is she looking for?
Of course, it's her mother, whom she wants to find out!
Funny and innovative!
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
A baby bird is look out for her mother.

No, her mother is not missing! How can adult go missing?

But this baby bird has decided to go on an adventure and until it finds its mother, there's no stopping her!
Sweet and cute story!
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Ann M
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, favorites
Mother Bird wears a kerchief on her head because of femininity.

Keamy Loken
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ano
Jason Carr
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A startling exposition on the morality of snorts.
Shanna Gonzalez
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-00-04
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
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-copy
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
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book I ever read to my daughter, and the first (and one of the only) non-rhyming books she enjoyed.

It's a book of traveling and education, meeting others that are different from you. Baby bird, as they're known to do, falls from the nest and wanders aimlessly for the mother it has yet to meet. Dog, cow, chicken, backhoe, baby bird can't find its mother until kismet allows the benevolent backhoe to replace it back into its nest and mother bird comes flying back in the nick
Ms BookAholic
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Toddlers or Anyone
This has become one of my daughter's favorite bedtime stories. At the moment she calls the book "Baby bird". She really enjoyed this book since the first time I read it to her. Throughout some parts of the books she laughs and gets sad when baby bid cannot find his mother. She loves it so much she will even attempt to try and read it to her baby doll. I would definitely recommend this book to toddlers and young children. I remember enjoying this book myself when I was younger. It's just an all a ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
How could the mother bird leave while the egg was hatching? T______T
La Coccinelle
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This wasn't a book that my sister and I had in own our collection as kids, but my grandmother had a copy. We read it plenty of times while visiting her house!

It's a silly story about a naive little bird who hatches from his egg while his mother is out collecting food. When he doesn't see her there, he goes off in search of her, asking various creatures and objects along the way the titular question. It's always funny when the bird moves on from asking animals to asking inanimate objects like airplanes and
Mark Baker
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, picture-book
A new baby bird is about to hatch. Knowing her baby will be hungry, the mother bird goes looking for food for him, but he hatches while she is gone. He immediately sets out to find his mother. Will he succeed?

This is a book my whole family remembers with fondness from when I was a kid. The pictures are fun, and the story is straightforward and funny with a heartwarming ending. Most of the words will be very easy for early readers, and a couple of the more unfamiliar words they should
DJ Harris
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Written and Illustrated bu P.D. Eastman
1960; Random House (64 pages)

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I loved this book as a kid! First, my dad read it to me, and then I learned to read this by memorizing the story. I was that obnoxious kid that shouted out, "ARE YOU MY MOTHER?" every time I read it. I also remember reading this one way past my age level, as I found it comforting. In my opinion, this is one of those books all kid
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jeniece Goellner
So I now have two conflicting views on this book. It is very much a beloved classic in children's literature. And I have very fond memories. It is a simple story with lots of repetition that children tend to gravitate to. A simple color palette, mainly muted browns with pops of yellow and red, with some gorgeous illustrations. that I'm going to be an adoptive mother, this book can simply not be in my household. And now that I am looking at it from the view point of an adoptive mot ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Even though I am older then this experience level I can still read it even though Its a baby book. I will read this book to my nieces and nephew I don't really care about reading a baby book to a "baby". My mom read this book to me when I was little so it is cute for that matter and also cute in the fact when my nieces and nephew grow up I can show how many books I read to them and maybe they will read it to there great-grandchildren,grandchildren, nieces, and nephew so it is cute. It is kinda l ...more
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.
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
especially delicious when read by mark miller!
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-my-youth
Loved this story as a little kid.
Love that the kitten just stares. Dialogue phrasing cracked me up. Snort!
David Sarkies
A Little Bird's quest for identity
16 November 2011

You can probably tell that I am currently back in Adelaide since a bunch of children's books are now appearing on my read list. As my brother has kept all of the books from our childhood (and since I did read them at the time) I thought it might be good to go through them again and write commentaries on them (as I did the last time I was in Adelaide). Okay it does end up inflating my list of books that I have read, but as I said, I had ac
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, children
Very cute.
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