Are You My Mother?

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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." ...

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Overview

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.

A baby bird, fallen from his nest, sets out to find his mother. Full-color illustrations. Ages 4-8. 64 pages.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This story has been around for forty-five years and has not lost its appeal. A little baby bird falls out of its nest and asks a number of the animals that it meets if they are its mother. Each in turns replies that he or she is not and that they are a kitten, dog, hen or cow. Baby bird is attached to a ribbon and can be removed from the nest. When he reaches the steam shovel which he calls Snort, baby bird can be inserted into the shovel as it lifts the bird up, up, up and back into its nest. There is a slot under mama bird's wing to slide the little baby bird. This cloth book will be perfect for little ones new to the story and will also engage motor skills as they try to put baby bird in all of the right places. 2005 (orig. 1960), Random House, Ages 1 to 3.
—Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
In P.D. Eastman's classic Are You My Mother?, a baby bird sets out to find his unknown mom, asking the title's question of all he meets--kitten, dog, boat, even a bulldozer. The illustrations capture both the humor and poignancy of the quest, which speaks reassuringly to many children's worries about parental loss. As kids, my siblings and I wanted to hear this story again and again. 1998 (orig.
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
This is the 25th anniversary edition of a book countless preschoolers want to hear again and again and again; some authorities have been bewildered by the appeal of this easy-read book; some consider it downright silly. But the fact is Are You My Mother? opens up a question that many young children worry about. As the little bird goes from kitten to hen to a car to a boat, the young readers cheer him on. They appreciate that while the newly hatched little bird may not be sure what his mother looks like, his persistence in finding this important person is admirable. Furthermore, the book invites many opportunities for conversation as the children explain differences between the various candidates for motherhood and baby bird, or as they share experiences about times when they may have missed or lost their mother, only to be lovingly reunited. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394900186
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/1966
  • Series: Beginner Books(R) Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 966,160
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.73 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    THE UNEMPLOYED

    Would luv 2 read ARE U MY MOTHER 2 my granddaughter, but price is "rediculously" high for such a short book... ANIMATED OR NOT SINCERLY RB

    30 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    Really?

    I have already purchased all the Dr. Seuss books FROM BN, and it is ridiculous to expect a parent to spend ten bucks for the electronic version of a small book for children.

    19 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    Are You My Mother: P.D. Eastman

    I gave my grand daughter this book for her seventh birthday. Why? Her father got a divorce when she was two years old. Her mother left my grand daughter "to find herself". I became the temporary "mother." Recently,when I read a book of Dr. Seuss to her class and asked the question, "What is your favorite Dr. Seussbook", every student was ready to give their favorite Dr. Seuss title. But my grand daughter spoke up and said, "My favorite book is "Are You My Mother?". Her answer touched me deeply in that moment.It struck me that my grand daughter was now ready to search deeper to find that missing piece of her life. I am so grateful that this book will help her on her search. It has few words, but with the simple illustrations, can direct the reader to its final exciing conclusion.

    16 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Club20033

    Very expensive.

    15 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Are you kidding

    $13.98 for a nook book. Prices are to high. Will sell nook and go back to paperback. Would not give any star if i could.

    14 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    10bucks?

    No thank you. Not for 10 dollars. Even if it is one of my favorites.

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Wow! 13 bucks?

    No way would i pay 13 bucks for a nook book. I have this on hard copy and my kids love it! I didnt pay any where close to that much!

    11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2008

    This item is not as described (the book with the baby bird in the nest on the cover).

    If you are buying this for a baby (the book with the baby bird in the nest) it would be a nice book. It isn't as described. It is listed and described as a hardcover 64 page book. It is actually a cloth 5 page book. It's very cute for a baby, it has a little baby bird attached and you move him through the book. This not for an older child. When I emailed to let Barnes and Noble about their mistake they informed me the sent me what I ordered. I ordered this book but it was not as it was described. So be careful of who you are buying this for.

    8 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Price?

    I bought three Dr Zeuss books and remembering i did not pay this much. If im not mistaken it was half this price! Im noticing a upward trend in pricing in all books. Not cool

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Best book

    I taught my kids to read with these books!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2011

    M.+H

    I+remember+when+i+was+younger+i+would+often+make+my+mother+read+this+book+over+and+over+to+me.+I+thouroughly+enjoyed+it+at+that+age+and+i+believe+it+is+a+fantastic+childrens+book%21

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    Brings back memories!

    I remember this book being read to me when I was just a little girl and that was over 30 years ago. This is one of the cutest books ever and a must read for the new generation.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Cute and funny

    My little sister really enjoyed it . It was charming and funny , other kids will definetly like it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    To much money

    i love this book i was going to buy it for my baby cousin to read eith me but i bought the hard back copy for half that!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2011

    10$ wow

    this is a good book but 10$not working

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    Great as a handheld book, not so much as an E-book:(

    I love this book, but unfortuantely the read to me option is very hard to listen to. Very monotone voice, my kids got bored very quickly and payed a lot more attention when I read the book. Not work 9.99 as a nookbook!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    Children 2 or 3 years old would enjoy this interactive book. The bird flies and moves in the book. It is really cute.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Hailey

    THis book i hope to read to my children

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Weird with confidence

    This book is weird with confidence.Still a good book.Half-recommended

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Loved it!

    It made me cry when i was abot 2. When the bird could not find his mother. But i love the book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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