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Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman

Are You My Mother? (1960)

by P. D. Eastman

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This story is about a baby bird who hatched while his mother was away. He fell out of the tree and searched for her. He went on a journey to find his mother. He crossed the paths of many animals a kitten, a hen, a dog, a cow etc. He also asked a boat and a car and a plane. HE could not find his mother in a strange series of events. The baby bird ended up back in his nest where his mother returned and he was happy that he had finally found his mother.

Personal: I enjoyed the book a lot, it kind of reminded of the idea of what we don't have at home we will search for elsewhere. I enjoyed it, it was a very good read.

Extension: This book could be used in child therapy groups for children who have lost a mother or a parental figure. Children could name some of the people they look up to and they could talk about what makes their guardians special. ( )
  M_Graham | Jul 3, 2015 |
Love this book. Essential for all babies to have read to them. ( )
  iamryancorcoran | May 12, 2015 |
Although this book has become somewhat of a classic, I am not a huge fan. I think it enforces the fact that your mother has to look like you. Animals were used in this book, but if they were replaced with people the message would be rather racist in my opinion. I may be reaching to far with this, but I don't think teaching children to separate by physical appearance is something that should be taught. A black mother could have a white child, An Asian father could have a Russian child. Diversity is a huge component of families and I think a book like this spreads the opposite message. ( )
  kitbraddick | Apr 30, 2015 |
This is an excellent book for a beginning reader. There are only 1-2 sentences on each page and the words are mainly simple sight-words. This being said, the language was also clear and concise. Important parts were also repeated twice, such as "My mother is not the dog or the hen. My mother is not the dog or the cow." This repetition will help the reader remember key ideas from the story as we help the baby bird search for his mother. The plot is sequential and suspenseful. With each page the reader is worried that the bird may not find his mother, or that he may mistake someone else to actually be his mother! The plot was also very organized which helps the reader to understand the series of events. The illustrations tie the story together. On each page we can see that the bird and, whoever he is asking, are not related. For example, when the baby bird asks the tractor if it his his mother, the reader can see that these are two completely different characters, so we understand that the two are not related, but the baby bird cannot. The big idea of this story is to keep on trying until you get it right. This bird was persistent and in the end, he found his mother. ( )
  kwhite18 | Apr 20, 2015 |
This book is great for those kids just starting out reading. It has big letters, and the pictures also help aid in telling the story. This is great because sometimes children will need that assistance. This also helps put words to images, different animals, etc.
  loross | Mar 16, 2015 |
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To My Mother
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A mother bird sat on her egg.
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The author of this book is actually P. D. Eastman.
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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. Ages 4-8.
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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.

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Never having seen his mother, a baby bird makes humorous mistakes trying to find her.

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