Are You My Mother?

Book review by
Ann Marie Sammataro, Common Sense Media
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Hilarious illustrations amplify tale of confused baby bird.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Violence & Scariness

Very young readers may be alarmed by the baby bird's separation from his parent, especially when he is perched atop the Snort and crying for his mother.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that P.D. Eastman's Are You My Mother? is a fun and funny tale of a newly hatched baby bird trying to figure out who his mother is. Kids eagerly anticipate the baby bird's next move, as basic language and humorous illustrations keep the tale's tone light. Great for beginning readers and/or read-aloud.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 5-year-old Written bymarceladns March 4, 2011

Perfect for little readers

I love that yy daughter (5) can read it to her brother (3), my son loves the story and you can see his emotions as the poor little bird travels around looking f... Continue reading
Adult Written byfr0stedshad0w April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat December 13, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written byTENNTEN June 1, 2016
I love this wed

What's the story?

I want my mother! Will the gritty determination of a very tiny bird win the day? Readers love the suspense and the hilarious conclusion, as a newly hatched baby bird begins a quest to find his mother. Uproarious illustrations complement the comical tale, providing giggles galore for young readers.


Is it any good?

This classic tale is as appealing to modern-day children as it was to their parents decades ago. The short sentences and familiar words encourage new readers to try to tackle it on their own, and it works equally well as a read-aloud for younger children. This title also comes in an abbreviated board-book version.

P. D. Eastman's illustrations prove the old adage that sometimes less is more. The simple line drawings are rendered in shades of brown and gray with brilliant splashes of sunny yellow and vivid red. Children laugh themselves silly over images of the gangly baby bird.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the young bird's confusion and the concept of imprinting.

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