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Are You My Mother? Hardcover – Jun 12 1960
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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?"See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Stacy D. McDonald, Editor-in-Chief
Homeschooling Today magazine
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My sons favorite book growing up so I bought it for his son :)Published 1 month ago by Rhonda Lamantia
A great classic that is now part of my daughter's growing book collection!Published 2 months ago by Cili
My granddaughter loves this book! She's at the put-everything-in-her-mouth stage, and love the textures this little volume contains.Published 14 months ago by Hale & Hardy
I love this book but didn't notice that it was the small board book when I purchased it! It's good for babies though but it's not the complete story.Published 16 months ago by Teagan
Excellent book for Toddlers. Has been a favorite of my kids and now my Grandchildren.Published 18 months ago by Randy T Munford
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