A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find 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.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate