Are You My Mother?

Common Sense Media says

Hilarious illustrations complement the tale.





What parents need to know

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.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that readers eagerly anticipate the baby bird's next move. Basic language and humorous illustrations keep the tale's tone light.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk about...

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

Book details

Author:P. D. Eastman
Illustrator:P. D. Eastman
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:June 12, 1960
Number of pages:61

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Kid, 12 years old May 15, 2011

A beautiful book for the young ones will keep them entertained!

Ahh, memories! I feel so sad all of a sudden. I remember this book from my childhood. I was like 2 and I really enjoyed it. I don't find anything wrong with this book. I strongly suggest that you read this book. Who cares if your a teen or an adult, just read it. And if you are a parent, read it to your little kids if you have any.
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 for his mother. I used to read the stories to my daughter when she was little and now they are a great way to practice her reading skills.
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Adult Written byfr0stedshad0w April 9, 2008
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