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Are You My Mother?

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ARE YOU MY MOTHER? tells a very simple story for children who have just started to read. their younger brothers or sisters will also want to follow the baby bird's quest as he asks everyone and everything he meets, "Are You My Mother?".

Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the pseudonym of "Dr. Seuss" (Seuss was Geisel's middle name) and only two hundred twenty-three words, Geisel created a replacement for those dull primers: "The Cat in the Hat." The instant success of the book prompted Geisel and his wife to found Beginner Books, and Geisel wrote many popular books in this series, including "Hop on Pop," "Fox in Socks," and "Green Eggs and Ham."

Other favorite titles in this series are "Go, Dog, Go!" and "Are You My Mother?" by P. D. Eastman, "A Fly Went By," by Mike McClintock, and "Put Me in the Zoo," by Robert Lopshire. These affordable hardcover books combine large print, easy vocabulary, and large, bright illustrations in stories kids will want to read again and again. Grades 1 - Grades 2.

64 pages, Paperback

First published June 12, 1960

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P.D. Eastman

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Philip Dey "Phil" Eastman was an American screenwriter, children's author, and illustrator. As an author, he is known primarily as P. D. Eastman. A protégé of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Eastman wrote many books for children, in his own distinct style under the Dr. Seuss brand of Random House, many of which were in the Beginner Books series.

From 1936 to 1941, Eastman worked at the story department of Walt Disney Productions. From 1941 to 1943 he worked at the story department of Warner Bros. Cartoons. From 1945 to 1952 he worked in the story department of United Productions of America. He contributed to the "Private Snafu" World War II training films, wrote for the animation Mr. Magoo, and the Gerald McBoing-Boing series for UPA.

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44 reviews
September 29, 2011
Grades: pre-k to 2nd
When I was in first grade, my sister and I found out we were adopted. I instantly sought comfort in this book. We were told we were adopted because in class we had to write down where we inherited our facial features and hair from. I couldn't say where I got my curly hair from and when my teacher told me I had to get curly hair from someone in my family, I came home from school on a mission to discover where it came from knowing that I was the only one with curls. The idea that I didn't look like the rest of my family, was difficult but this book helped me deal with my differences. Its been a long time since I read it, and although I believe the little lost bird ends up with a mother who looks just like him, I have this memory of my mom using this book to explain that a mother is more of a emotional connection, a caring relationship, not always a physical connection.
Profile Image for Michael Finocchiaro.
Author 3 books5,547 followers
October 17, 2019
This is a wonderful story that I absolutely adored reading over and over again to my kids. It has great sonorities to the words and is lots of fun. It is a great way for especially small kids to learn that just because mommy disappears for a little while, she will always come back - and sometimes with a tasty treat - yummy worms!! :)
A must for kids!
Profile Image for Ahmad Sharabiani.
9,566 reviews56.6k followers
October 16, 2019
Are You My Mother? P.D. Eastman
First it starts off with the mother bird who sits on her egg. The mother (after she hears it jump) tells herself that her baby is going to be here and may want to eat. Then, she tells herself she should get something for her baby bird to eat. Then she leaves her egg and hopes it stays in her nest where she left it. She flies off to find food. The baby bird hatches. He does not understand where his mother is so he goes to look for her. Without the ability to fly (as he can not yet fly), he can walk, and during his search, he asks a kitten (who does not speak), a hen, a dog, and a cow if they are his mother, but none of them are. Refusing to give up, he sees an old car, which he realizes certainly cannot be his mother. In desperation, the hatchling calls out to a boat and a plane (but neither responds), and at last, climbs onto one of the teeth from an enormous power shovel. When he calls it his mother (saying, "Mother! Mother! Here I am, Mother!"), it belches "SNORT" in response from its exhaust stack. This prompts the bird to say, "You are not my mother! You are a Snort! I better get out of here!". As the machine shudders and grinds into motion, he cannot escape. "I want my mother!" he shouts. At that moment, the Snort drops the baby bird into his nest (to where the baby bird slides down from the Snort easily and into the nest on the tree). The baby bird finally was home. Just then, his mother returns. The two are reunited, much to their delight. The mother bird asks the baby bird if he knows who she is. The baby bird says, "I know who you are. You are not a kitten. You are not a hen. You are not a dog. You are not a cow. You are not a plane, a boat, nor a Snort. You are a bird. And you are my mother".

عنوانها: م‍ادرم‌ ت‍وی‍ی‌؟؛ م‍ام‍ان‌ م‍ن‌ ت‍وی‍ی‌؟؛ تو مادرم هستی؟؛ مامان من تو هستی؟؛ تو مامان من هستی؛ نویسنده: پ‍ی‌. دی‌. ای‍س‍ت‍م‍ن‌؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز شانزدهم ماه اکتبر سال 2012 میلادی
عنوان: م‍ادرم‌ ت‍وی‍ی‌؟ نویسنده: پ‍ی‌. دی‌. ای‍س‍ت‍م‍ن‌؛ مت‍رج‍م: آزاد زه‍را ج‍ع‍ف‍ری‌؛ ت‍ه‍ران‌: گ‍وه‍ر م‍ن‍ظوم‌، 1381؛ در 12 ص؛ مصور، رنگی، شابک: 9645595398؛ موضوع: داستانهای حیوانات - پرندگان - شعر - سده 20 م
عنوان: م‍ام‍ان‌ م‍ن‌ ت‍وی‍ی‌؟ ن‍وش‍ت‍ه‌: پ‍ی‌ دی‌ ای‍س‍ت‍م‍ن‌؛ مت‍رج‍م: ام‍ی‍رح‍س‍ی‍ن‌ ک‍ی‍ا؛ ت‍ه‍ران‌: س‍ی‌زان‌، 1381؛ در 24 ص؛ شابک: 9647973152؛
عنوان: تو مادرم هستی؟ نویسنده و تصویرگر: فیلیپ د. ایستمن ؛ مترجم: هوری عدل طباطبایی؛ تهران: نخستین، کتابهای پرستو، ‏‫1390؛ در 64 ص، مصور، رنگی، شابک: 9786001270444؛‬‬
عنوان: مامان من تو هستی؟ نویسنده و تصویرگر: پی‌دی ایستمن؛ مترجم: فاطمه اسکندری؛ تهران: کتاب چرخ فلک‏‫، 1395؛ در 24 ص؛ مصور رنگی؛ شابک: 9786005225990؛
عنوان: تو مامان من هستی؛ نویسنده و تصویرگر: پی. دی. ایست‌من؛ مترجم: احمد رمضانی؛ تهران: بوی کاغذ، ‏‫1396؛ در 24 ص؛ مصور، رنگی؛ شابک: 9786009681884؛‬

جوجه‌ ای با جابجا شدن و تلاش فراوان سر از تخم در آورد. مادرش به دنبال غذا رفته بود. او که نمی‌توانست پرواز کند از بالای درخت به پایین افتاد و برای یافتن مادر، جستجویش را آغاز کرد. جوجه پرنده که تصوری از مادر نداشت به هر شیء رونده‌ ای که می‌رسید فکر می‌کرد مادرش است…؛ ‬‬ا. شربیانی
Profile Image for Matt.
3,730 reviews12.8k followers
February 4, 2018
When a Mother Bird leaves the nest to find food for her yet-to-hatch egg, little does she know that the Baby Bird will be on a mission to find his mother right off the bat. With no one in the nest, Baby Bird begins a search around, seeking out his mother. Not a kitten, a hen, a cow or a dog... and on goes the search for his mother. Further explorations prove fruitless, but Baby Bird is soon reunited with his mother and finds all the happiness he could want. Neo chose this as his final bedtime book, having heard it before in a previous collection. He thought it funny to see all the different mother possibilities that Baby Bird had before locating his rightful mother.
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230 reviews3,933 followers
November 13, 2018
3 Are You My Mother? ★'s

“You are not my mother. You are a scary Snort!”

I may not have loved this book but I can still appreciate it :) It's an okay book especially to introduce to young children to as it is a very easy read with very simple words. The illustrations in the remakes are very colorful which is good because it holds the eye. There's nothing worse than a good story with absolute boring pictures! It just kinda felt a bit long for what it was. But my little niece seemed to enjoy it well enough. Just NOT something I'd personally wanna read very often if ever again... The message I got out of it is this, It helps children learn we should be thankful for our mothers and also the friends around us. That's a pretty good message though that's for sure.
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824 reviews3,224 followers
August 8, 2017
A cute, little, tiny tiny bird is out and about to explore the world. What is she searching? Whom is she looking for?
Of course, it's her mother, whom she wants to find out!
Funny and innovative!
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6 reviews1 follower
January 17, 2008
I absolutely love this book!!!! This book never gets old and never stops being fun to read or hear. We LOVE this book!

For years Thea pretended to "pop!" from the egg. She still does sometimes. And this book is how she first learned that animals EAT other animals..

She knew birds caught worms. But it wasn't until I asked her what the baby bird was going to DO with the worm that I realized she didn't know. She said the worm was going to live in the nest with the baby bird. Like a pet.

So I, somewhat mischeiviously and after recovering myself, told her ... He's going to EAT it!
She was horrified. The look on her face was awesome. Because, really? Who'da thunk it? animals are food??? She thought they were all friends!

Yesterday, in her animal book, there was a picture of a lion in mid-air about to tackle a gazelle or some such animal. She said "Look! He's going to climb on his back! Like I climb on yours!" The truth is a little more reality than I want her to have... so I said "Yup! Just like you climb on mine!".

Profile Image for Sarah Davis.
Author 1 book41 followers
December 26, 2011
Strange story, the main character was VERY dim which did not suit the story.
It at first seemed as though it would be a breath taking story started with the age old question. "Are you my mother?" But his repeated asking of this question (To other animals and inanimate objects that could not possibly be his mother.)I found slightly disturbing. It also contributed to my fear that this newly hatched bird, had mental retardation brought on by his fall from the nest.
This book also brings up another sad topic, chick abandonment. The process of an adult bird leaving a new born ALONE in the nest for hours at a time a risky and dangerous thing to do to say the least.

In short this story is not (despite popular belief) a children's story. There is far too much chick endangerment. Birdy social services should most certainly take a look into this mother's endangerment of her chick.

*Note if you took this review seriously...you missed the point*
116 reviews12 followers
February 23, 2018
un lindo libro para niños (o para aprender y mejorar el español:)
y de hecho la ilustración es adorable.
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6 reviews1 follower
January 9, 2015
A startling exposition on the morality of snorts.
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427 reviews37 followers
February 5, 2013
Are You My Mother, a simple, well-loved classic, opens with a mother bird sitting on her egg. When the egg begins to move, she leaves to find some food for her anticipated baby. In her absence, the egg hatches, and the hatchling sets out in search of his mother. He asks a kitten, a hen, a dog, and a cow if they are his mother, and each says "no." He sees a car, a boat, and an airplane, is disappointed that none of them are his mother either. Finally, he finds a construction digger, which he calls a Snort. The digger lifts him high in the air, frightening him terribly, then drops him back into his nest where he meets his mother returning home.

This is a great read-aloud for preschoolers, who will identify with the baby bird's fear at being separated from his parents. Its pacing is wonderfully predictable, with not-very-scary tension building to an exciting climax with the "Snort," and transitioning quickly to a deeply reassuring ending as the baby bird snuggles into the nest with his mother. It's also a good easy reader, although a student who has had the book read aloud in preschool may view it as babyish. I recommend the full paperback or hardback version rather than the abridged board book, which loses much in the abridging.
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1,464 reviews
June 17, 2015
This was my nephews favorite book growing up. It had special meaning because I was raising him during his own mother's issues. At the time, they prevented her from being there. It broke my heart that maybe this little boy was confused about which of the women in his life was actually his mother. Maybe it is why this story meant so much to him. All I know is that he would crawl into my lap, with his battered copy of this book, and ask me to read it to him, over, and over again.

Imagine my surprise when over a decade later, this book is mentioned in Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3) by E.L. James . It brought back so many sappy memories.
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4,078 reviews336 followers
May 9, 2022
In this day and age, it's a bit of a weird book from an adult perspective, but it's easy to read for children who are learning how to read, so this book serves well in that purpose, and children like animals, so the illustrations are nice to look at. A definite children's classic that while not perfect, still has aged relatively well.
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2,245 reviews3,563 followers
January 20, 2019
This wasn't a book that my sister and I had in own our collection as kids, but my grandmother had a copy. We read it plenty of times while visiting her house!

It's a silly story about a naive little bird who hatches from his egg while his mother is out collecting food. When he doesn't see her there, he goes off in search of her, asking various creatures and objects along the way the titular question. It's always funny when the bird moves on from asking animals to asking inanimate objects like airplanes and steam shovels if they're related; really, though, if you think about it, how would he know any better? (It's not like there was a mirror in that nest. He probably didn't even know what he was!)

The illustrations are simple but fun. I especially like the mama bird with her little red headscarf.

I hadn't read this in years (probably decades) but it's a classic that's held up pretty well. Today's kids are sure to get a giggle out of the baby bird's encounter with all his potential mothers... including the Snort!

Quotable moment:

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697 reviews67 followers
February 26, 2017
The second book I ever read to my daughter, and the first (and one of the only) non-rhyming books she enjoyed.

It's a book of traveling and education, meeting others that are different from you. Baby bird, as they're known to do, falls from the nest and wanders aimlessly for the mother it has yet to meet. Dog, cow, chicken, backhoe, baby bird can't find its mother until kismet allows the benevolent backhoe to replace it back into its nest and mother bird comes flying back in the nick of time! Wait, no, scratch that. She was horribly late. Tons of danger narrowly avoided.

Like most Disney movies, the father figure is curiously absent here. I don't know how this particular bird species mates, if it's life-long or more of a no-strings-attached sort of thing, but daddy bird should of been watching baby bird. Or mother bird should have called her sister bird or babysitter bird. Because this whole situation definitely warrants a call to Child Protective Services and could have been avoided. Fortunately luck is on baby bird's side. Read this book to see just how lucky it is!
Profile Image for Mark Baker.
2,060 reviews152 followers
May 13, 2018
A new baby bird is about to hatch. Knowing her baby will be hungry, the mother bird goes looking for food for him, but he hatches while she is gone. He immediately sets out to find his mother. Will he succeed?

This is a book my whole family remembers with fondness from when I was a kid. The pictures are fun, and the story is straightforward and funny with a heartwarming ending. Most of the words will be very easy for early readers, and a couple of the more unfamiliar words they should be able to sound out with a little adult help.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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198 reviews2 followers
May 29, 2018
This has become one of my daughter's favorite bedtime stories. At the moment she calls the book "Baby bird". She really enjoyed this book since the first time I read it to her. Throughout some parts of the books she laughs and gets sad when baby bid cannot find his mother. She loves it so much she will even attempt to try and read it to her baby doll. I would definitely recommend this book to toddlers and young children. I remember enjoying this book myself when I was younger. It's just an all around great little story.
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114 reviews58 followers
March 27, 2013
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

My grandson, Gauge, and I read this book together recently. He is only 4-years-old and I noticed that this book is a little hard for him to follow. It also doesn't engage him as well as other books in the same genre have in the past. I still like the book, but for the real young ones it might be a skip.
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4,642 reviews190 followers
March 4, 2019
Written and Illustrated bu P.D. Eastman
1960; Random House (64 pages)

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I loved this book as a kid! First, my dad read it to me, and then I learned to read this by memorizing the story. I was that obnoxious kid that shouted out, "ARE YOU MY MOTHER?" every time I read it. I also remember reading this one way past my age level, as I found it comforting. In my opinion, this is one of those books all kids should be introduced to!
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3,742 reviews120 followers
September 19, 2020
This simple story has ultimate appeal for small children who can understand the birds wish to find its mother. The silly aspect of the animal is terrific. I still love the 'snort' who is really from such an age ago !
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736 reviews50 followers
May 24, 2022
Classic picture book of a baby bird searching for his mother questioning a kitten, hen, dog, cow, boat, and plane. Cute and sweet that has endured for decades.
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1,947 reviews122 followers
June 20, 2013
Apparently this is a popular theme, as we've seen it several times in many books. I thought it was a little long for the topic, or maybe I just wasn't that interested. But it looked like my kids felt differently. Both my preschool and school aged kids enjoyed it and were engaged throughout.
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2 reviews1 follower
October 28, 2007
especially delicious when read by mark miller!
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2,053 reviews212 followers
August 31, 2020
Featured in grandma reads session.

A toss of delightful creatures and one-man made monster surprise are the supporting characters to a mother bird and baby bird who come late to the egg cracking and miss each their first introduction to each other. . .mother's gone preparing, and brother's not willing to wait. The ensuing journey ends well, with a surprising catastrophe that turns tender.

A million times. I've read it a million times to a million kids. It gets me every time. (I want to adopt Snort, but they are getting harder and harder to find.)

And a million times, the kids vote to keep it in the pile for re-reads.
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1,004 reviews91 followers
April 14, 2018
P. D. Eastman not only wrote but also illustrated Are You My Mother? It is a story of a bird who hatches while his mother is out looking for food for him, and thus, he has no idea what she looks like. So, he decides to go on a search to find her. Every creature, piece of machinery, and mode of transportation he encounters gets asked the question "Are you my mother?", illustrating the special bond between a mother and her child. Miraculously, he is returned home to his nest by a steam shovel just in time for his mother's return with lunch. It is a beloved story for millions of children around the world, and been in continuous publication since its debut in 1960. I thought it was interesting that Mr. Eastman chose to make his main character a bird, since he was a bird lover and member of the National Audubon Society.

A great many people seem to think that P. D. Eastman and Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) are one and the same, thinking P. D. Eastman was another pen name of Theodor Geisel. However, they are wrong. P. D. Eastman himself counted Mr. Geisel as a mentor.

Mr. Eastman trained at the National Academy of Design. He was employed by Walt Disney Productions and Warner Brothers Cartoons doing production design and animation, when he enlisted in the army during WW II. He was then assigned to the Signal Corps Film Unit, which was headed by Theodor Geisel himself. P. D. Eastman created animation for training films and was a writer and storyboard artist on the Private Snafu series for the Army-Navy Screen Magazine.

After the war, he worked as a writer and storyboard artist for United Productions of America (UPA). He was involved in developing high profile projects, including the cartoon character Mr. Magoo, and also adapted Theodor Geisel's children's recording "Gerald McBoing Boing" into an Academy Award-winning short film. Mr. Geisel then approached him to write for his new "Beginner Book Series" at Random House, which in part, must be where part of the confusion about his identity comes from with the "Cat In The Hat" logo on each of his books. Also, the fact that he co-authored
The Cat In The Hat Dictionary with Theodor Geisel, on which the authors are listed as "the cat in the hat himself and P. D. Eastman" (on the original anyway), has only added to the confusion and furthering the myth that both authors were the same man. His popularity among children and their parents cannot be denied-- Random House has sold over 30 million of his books world wide.

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Profile Image for Jeniece Goellner.
249 reviews14 followers
March 4, 2017
So I now have two conflicting views on this book. It is very much a beloved classic in children's literature. And I have very fond memories. It is a simple story with lots of repetition that children tend to gravitate to. A simple color palette, mainly muted browns with pops of yellow and red, with some gorgeous illustrations. However....now that I'm going to be an adoptive mother, this book can simply not be in my household. And now that I am looking at it from the view point of an adoptive mother, this book is almost ruined for me. A story about a baby bird trying to find his family, but other animals can't be his "mother" or family because they don't look like him. And those animals reinforce that view point. It is so hard to look at this book the same way I did when I was a child. I will give it 3 stars, for nostalgic reasons. Before going through this adoption journey it might have been higher. And yet part of my adoption mentality wants to make it lower than even the 3 stars. So straight in the middle it goes. For other people this book might remain a beloved classic, and I am fine with that. I don’t ever want to tell others what they can and can’t do and or like. But in today's world, with families being made in so many new ways, I would also be fine with this book just fading from memory.
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