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Are You My Mother? Hardcover – Jun 12 1960

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Book Club Edition edition (June 12 1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394800184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394800189
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Illus. in color. A baby bird is hatched while his mother is away. Fallen from his nest, he sets out to look for her and asks everyone he meets -- including a dog, a cow, and a plane -- "Are you my mother?"

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Classic book! I remember being read this book in Grade 1 now that I am a parent its nice to read it to my kids. Just to give you some information on this books accomplishments: Published in 1960. National Education Association named "Teachers Top 100 Books for Children" and was one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in 2012 by School Library Journal.

Hatchling bird is looking for its mother while she is off to get food. Not knowing where she is he decids to find her. Not having learned how to fly yet and not knowing who is mother is he goes in his little adventure. He asks a kitten, a hen, a dog, and a cow if they are his mother, but none of them are.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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