Are You My Mother? (Beginner Books)

by P.D. Eastman

Hardcover, 1960


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Random House (1960), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 72 pages


Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Beginning Reader. Picture Book Fiction. HTML:The must-have, heartwarming and hilarious classic about a baby bird in search of his mother! A baby bird goes in search of his mother in this hilarious Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss. When a mother bird's egg starts to jump, she hurries off to make sure she has something for her little one to eat. But as soon as she's gone, out pops the baby bird. He immediately sets off to find his mother, but not knowing what she looks like makes it a challenge. The little hatchling is determined to find his mother, even after meeting a kitten, a hen, a dog, and a Snort. The timeless message of the bond between mother and child make P. D. Eastman's Are You My Mother? a treasured classic.  Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.… (more)

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"My daughter got this as a Christmas novel (in 2015) from her Grandfather and recently (in 2017) decided to use it as her first 1st Grade book report book. She has nothing but sweet words to say about it and it was the first novel she was able to read by herself. It's a great learning novel and
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it's very silly." Watch my video about my daughter's book report on this novel here:
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LibraryThing member nmhale
My daughters love this book, and after reading it to them countless times, I know the reason that it is a classic in the picture book genre. The story is simple but powerful. A baby bird cracks open its egg, at the moment when his mom has gone out to find food. The baby bird flaps and falls out of
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its nest, and sets off on a mission to find his mother. He asks a cat, a dog, a cow, and even starts asking boats and planes, all with no success. He finally asks snort (a power shovel) and the machine lifts the bird high in the air. The baby realizes that the snort is not his mother, either, and as he starts to panic, the snort deposits him safely back in the nest. Fortunately, a bird arrives at that moment as well, and he finally finds his mother.

The story is wonderful for read alouds. The reader can ask her audience the same question the baby bird asks everyone he meets - is that his mother? Also, children can identify all the animals and vehicles, and have fun making snort noises for the powerful machine. I love listening to my younger daughter deliver a deep snort sound. The repetitive text and the seeking plot create a story that allows even very young readers to join in the reading. Illustrations are simple but endearing, and the expressions on the baby bird's face bring him to life and inspire sympathy in the reader. A wonderful book, that was popular back when I was a child, and is still drawing eager young readers today.
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LibraryThing member acaine1
There are several reasons why I like this book. First, I enjoy the organization of the plot. After the baby bird wakes up, the series of events he encounters are not only funny, but practical. He begins on land where he finds other animals. After the animals, he begins looking elsewhere like boats
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and planes. This then leads to the crain, which then puts the bird back in it's nest. I like how this element brings the story full circle. The second reason I like this book is for its illustrations. More specifically the characters facial expression. For example, while searching for his mother, baby bird looks sad. The other animals look confused as to why a bird is asking if she is his mother. Finally, when baby bird is reunited with his mother they are both smiling with joy. The overall message of this story is even when your scared and lonely, things will always get better.
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LibraryThing member Mistin
This is a cute tale of how a mother bird leaves her egg inside the nest. while she is off looking for food, the egg hatches and the bird can not find its mother. The bird ask several animals, "Are you my mother" , and also different objects until finally it reaches it mother! Great story...
LibraryThing member bdecossa
A baby bird is about to hatch and when the mother realizes this she quickly flies off to find food for her baby. The bird hatches before the mother returns with the food so the baby bird goes searching for his mother. He asks a kitten, a hen, a dog, a cow, a plane, and a snort if any of them were
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his mother. The snort then carries the bird back to his nest where he is reunited with his mother.
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LibraryThing member sarahbatte
A baby bird hatches while his mother is away and starts asking everyone and everything if they are his mother. In the end he finds his mother. A very simple book to read to small children they would like the ryming and the story of mystery if he will ever find his mom.
LibraryThing member elizabethhart
Are You My Mother? is a picture book written about a baby bird who’s egg fell from a nest and who then begins a journey to find his mother. The comedic story is written in such a way that the reader experiences the powerful bond between mother and child and how this bond exists before the baby
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bird even knows what his mother looks like. Are You My Mother? is an easy-read and utilizes illustrations to guide early readers through the story. I found this book to be a great choice for young readers because of its use of repetition and its compelling plot.
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LibraryThing member jking12
Great book to use in kindergarten! It goes perfectly with the standard focusing on the similarities and differences between parent and offspring. This is an easy-to-read book which students will read over and over again.
LibraryThing member bparnell
This is an adorable book. A cute read for new moms.
LibraryThing member nateandjess
Quite possibly my favorite childhood book, this story follows a baby bird who has lost his mother. He journeys around searching for her, asking everyone (and everything) he encounters if perhaps they are his mother. The story has a good pattern that allows children to grasp where the story is
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headed and what will happen next; I think this helped me love the story even more.
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LibraryThing member saskreader
This is one of my toddler's top five favourites. Good for interactive movements: we jump when the egg jumps; I make the book fall down and go up when the bird goes up and down; and I make a big deal of the "SNORT" noise, which has become his favourite part. I like that he likes it so much because I
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liked it too as a child!
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LibraryThing member nicholem
I remembered this book from my own childhood and had to get it for my son. It is a great book for young children who will enjoy following the baby bird along on his journey to find his mother. The book is also educational as it teaches little ones to match up the baby bird to the right animal.
LibraryThing member Justy
A sweet story for a young child. When a bird is born and doesn't see his mother he goes looking for her. He sees all kinds of animals and objects and is finally united with his mother, back at the nest where she left him.
LibraryThing member seldombites
This is labelled as "I can read it all by myself Beginner Books". Published as part of the Dr Seuss series but written and illustrated by P.D.Eastman.

Page One REads:

"A mother bird sat on her egg."
LibraryThing member lindsaygits1
A little bird is trying to find his mother. He asks many things including a big machine. In the end he finds his mother and is happy to be a bird. This a a simple picute book that helps the beginning reader learn easy words.
LibraryThing member stharp
This book is an endearing fantasy. Since the bird cannot really talk and the things he runs into along his journey are not ordinarily run into in normal bird encounters, which then in fact makes it a fantasy. The only problem is the book could confuse a child as to whether the book is fantasy or
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not simply because it is not completely obvious that the bird could not run into these things, which in turn gave it a rating of three stars. The plot is well thought through, but sometimes it seems a little redundant.
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LibraryThing member pkb
First book my girls read to my aloud!!
and we read it to them all the time!!
LibraryThing member alliek710
Another great classic, that's simple and easy to read. So probably for 1st or 2nd graders.
LibraryThing member Hera
My favourite book as a child. I used to read it to my brother at bedtime. Now we both know it off by heart, as do his children. A classic.
LibraryThing member crhallman
This book is about a mother bird who is sitting on her eggs and feels that the egg is about to hatch. So she goes to find the baby something to eat before it hatches, but while she is gone the baby bird hatches out of the egg. The bird wants to find its mother so he remembers he cant fly and falls
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down and begins walking. He runs upon different animals and ask if they are his mother and they all reply with no. He is determined that he has a mother so he continues his journey and ask the same question to a car and then he runs into an excavator and realized its not his mother and that he was in bad trouble. The excavator puts the baby bird back on its nest and the mother comes back and the bird tells her about all his adventures.
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LibraryThing member chron002
Another favorite Dr. Seuss book. The bird searches for his mother and goes through many obstacles to find her. Cute book with pictures to illustrate his journey. Great for 1st graders.
LibraryThing member jyasinchuk
When a momma bird leaves her eggs in search of food, well, they hatch! Curiously, one of the hatchlings heads off to search for his mother meeting all kinds of characters (and not so!) along the way. A must read aloud book for levels infants to Grade 1.
LibraryThing member mercedesromero
This book is entertaining for children and fun because it keeps them in suspense!
LibraryThing member conuly
This is a classic early reader, very simple and repetitive for young children. It's a bit long for toddlers, and some preschoolers might find the subject matter too frightening (being lost, not knowing where your mama is). However, I still recommend having this book in your library - if it's too
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much for your kid this year, it might be just right next year.
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LibraryThing member Naisy
Probably my second favourite childhood book and now a favourite of my children. Simple, but emotional story of the importance of the role of the "mother".
LibraryThing member betsyeggers
I think this book is good for chidren ages 3-5. It is a nice book about a baby bird trying to find his mother. However, I do not like the dull pictures and the amount of text. If the pictures were a little brighter then this book would get a higher rating. As for the text, many board books are
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short and simple, but this book seems to be a little more complex with longer sentences; therefore, the attention of the child can easily be lost by the middle of the book (until the crane comes along with its bright red colors).
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72 p.; 9.29 inches


0394800184 / 9780394800189


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