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A Mother for Choco

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,716 ratings  ·  215 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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Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 19th 1996 by Puffin Books (first published March 25th 1992)
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Christy
Feb 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Shanna Gonzalez
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Juli19
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Scooping it Up
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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Lisa Vegan
Apr 24, 2009 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.
Amy Rogers
May 31, 2011 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!
Jeniece Goellner
The adoption friendly version of P.D. Eastman's "Are You My Mother?". And such a better version too since it truly tells us what a family is. It is not looking exactly the same. It is the love shared.
Sarah
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Probably my absolute favorite, adoption book to explain to children that you don’t have to look alike to belong and be family. It has engaging, colorful illustrations that draw my children further into the story. My children’s constant requests to “read it again” speaks for the book alone!
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
This is the picture book with the longest story of the ones about mothers and motherhood at my local branch, so I chose it as the first one in this storytime. The pictures are done with bright colours and so would be visible even for children not sitting at the front. With the story consisting of Choco going around and asking different animals if they are his mother, the narrative has a nice repetition to it with a slight vocabulary difference every time. The tone of the story is also very playf ...more
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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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.
Crystal Marcos
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this before giving it as a gift to my niece. This is a adorable heartwarming story about a little bird looking for a mother. The story is written in a way that even the youngest child can follow along. A sweet message of love and adoption.
Diane
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A very sweet story about adoption and how families don't always have to look alike to have love.
Sally
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of my favorites from childhood.
Julie
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute story about creating a family with love. Looking alike doesn’t have to matter.
Ebookwormy1
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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Ashley
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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Brooke
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Elizabeth
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza was published in 1996 and unfortunately did not win any awards. It is intended for 3rd through 5th grade children to read. It’s about a little yellow bird asking different animals if they are his mother by the way the features of that animal have. He finds himself not finding his mother but finding a bear that also has other children living in her home that does not look like her. The message that children would gain from reading this book would be tha ...more
Becky
Jun 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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Nicole Agadoni
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Madison Young
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Angela
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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
Mike Romesburg
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Aonarán
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Susan
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: storybook, 2015
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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Holly Hammock
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Lydia
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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