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Are You My Mother? [Hardcover]

P.D. Eastman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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Book Description

June 12 1960 Beginner Books(R)
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 must for baby showers, beginning readers, and Mother’s Day.

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.

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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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P. D. Eastman was one of the stars of the Beginner Books line with beloved classics like Are You My Mother?; Go, Dog. Go!; The Best Nest; and more!


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy the Board Book Edition May 13 2003
By A Customer
Format:Board book
This 1 star review is for the board book edition -- certainly the harcover gets 5+ stars; it is a classic that should be in every child's library. But why does Random House insist on abridging its catalog to get them to fit into board book format? The board book strips down a story that's already quite simple, and takes all the flavor and joy out of it.
Bottom line: if you want to enjoy "Are You My Mother?" go and buy the "complete" hardcover edition. If you need something sturdy that your child is going to teethe on, buy a Zwiekback biscuit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. Are You My Mother? was one of her picks.
This is a wonderful beginning reader because the story is humorous, the drawings lighten the mood further, and the words are simple and well related to the illustrations. For example, on one page a baby bird is pictured on the edge of the nest alone looking straight up expectantly. The text reads, "He looked up. He did not see her." The next page is the same baby bird still perched on the edge of the nest looking down. the text reads, "He looked down. He did not see her."
The use of repetition is also excellent. The cover question, for example, repeats throughout the book. So your child can learn to read the book with a minimum number of words to learn, and most of the words are illustrated to provide visual clues.
Most children learn to read a book like this by first memorizing it, then reading along with the parent as the parent says the words, then reciting the words, then picking out some words and reading more slowly. Are You My Mother? is well designed for this process.
The story involves a baby bird whose mother has gone off to get food so he is born alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a new little one? May 15 2003
Format:Hardcover
First of all, let me tell those of you who are having, or just had your first child, ignore the baby book advice that babies don't like books without bright colors. I am a mother of 4, and this book is in the top 5 books requested by the boys. It may look rather somber compared to the latest releases, but the kids love this one.
This book is a wonderful story of a little bird on a serious quest. He shows such determination and perseverence. There is no stopping this little bird.
The book is short enough to hold a child's attention at a very young age. Young children love books with a repetitive banter, and this book fulfills that criterion without annoying the adults.
It is a great book to snuggle up with, with a great, positive ending. I can bet that you will get years of reading out of this little book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mother of All Children's Books June 22 2004
Format:Hardcover
Revisit the warmly inviting pages of PD Eastman's classic for a treat readers from four to forty-four and beyond will enjoy.
Whether it is your first time or your thousandth, the simple but delightful illustrations and familiar storyline of a little bird believing his mother is lost will wrap you in the cozy feel reminiscent of those half-forgotten feet-pajama winters and watermelon summers.
Not to be missed. Share it if you can with your favorite tot, but if not, read it to yourself. Read it aloud.
And remember: not every snort is your enemy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time tested, kid approved Dec 6 2002
Format:Hardcover
Growing up (all those decades ago), this was one of our family's favorite bedtime reads. We'd giggle with anticipation as Mom drew closer to the "You are not my mother, you are a snort!" page then burst into fits of laughter (hey, this was before cable). As a published children's author, I can honestly say that "Are You My Mother?" was one of the core books that inspired me to try my hand at this noble profession. The best part is now I get to read it to my three girls and they love it too. Guaranteed kid pleaser.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet book for little ones! Dec 26 2002
Format:Hardcover
My 18 month old enjoys this book every night! I've never seen a book capture a young child's attention so completely. The "baby bird" hatches from his egg while the mother is away hunting for food. He wanders from the nest searching everywhere for his "Mama bird." We've made a precious memory making game from reading this story...I'll call out, "Where's my baby bird" and she'll answer, "Here I am!" A very sweet and simple book.
Stacy D. McDonald, Editor-in-Chief
Homeschooling Today magazine
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BOOK BOTH MY SON AND I LOOOOOOOVE June 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This was one of my absolute favorite books as a child. Twenty seven years later I read it to my one year old, and when I picked it up for the first time to read it to him I still had all of the words memorized from that long ago. He has shelves and shelves of books, but every night this one has to be read or he won't go to sleep! A classic book that will be around for more years. What better story to read to your children than about a baby's and mother's love for each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
Read it lots of times to my kids and now my grandson. Great little book.
Published 9 days ago by Sandra L. Grecu
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book to share with your children
The illustrations are timeless and together with the simple text, effectively tell a story that small children will enjoy and return to over and over. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DoctorNo
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the most-read books we have!
This is one of our son's favourites! He's 2 1/2 now, and sill loves to read this one at bed time with me (his mommy, of course!). A must have for all kids bookshelves!
Published on Aug. 26 2009 by a mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I love this book! I browsed throught it at a book store and the decision to buy it was almost immediat. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2007 by David
1.0 out of 5 stars A CURSE! AN UTTER CURSE!
Many of you, "Parents", have exposed this book unto your families. Same thing with my mother. She exposed this story to me. But you know what I see in this book of evil? Read more
Published on July 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm fuzzy memories
A fave of mine as a young'un, this tender tale will tickle the funnybone and touch the heart as the adorable little birdling asks various animals and items if they are his mother... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Rayna Gorowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Are You My Mother?
What happens when the Mother Bird is away from the nest when the baby bird hatches? In this book we see what happens to one such bird that is put into this situation. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by ...Loggie...
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This is a story that children can relate to-
that is probably why it has been around for a "ton" of years. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the classics
Are You My Mother? is one of the classic children's books, like Pokey Little Puppy or Green Eggs and Ham. It is a wonderfully simple book full of love. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2003 by adead_poet@hotmail.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
A classic enjoyable book for any parent to read to/with your child
Published on Oct. 2 2003 by RandomHelena
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