Mother's Day book review: Are You My Mother?

Celebrate Mother's Day with this classic children's book. Photo: P.D. Eastman

SILVER SPRING, Md, May 11, 2013 – Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman ISBN: 9780394800189

This is a classic that many people will remember having been read to them when they were little. The story follows a little bird on a journey to find his mother. He hatches out of his egg to find that he is all alone and decides to set out to find his mother. But when he tries to fly out of his nest, he falls to the ground.

Not easily discouraged, the little bird sets out on foot, asking everything he comes into contact with if it is his mother. The kitten is not his mother. Neither is the hen, the dog or the cow. He moves farther from his nest and encounters an old car, a plane, and a boat. None of those are his mother either. Finally, he comes across a steam shovel. When he gets too close, it scoops him up and dumps the little bird back in his nest. The little bird is relieved to be home, and just as he gets comfortable, his mother comes back and says, “Do you know who I am?”

Photo by Robynlou Kavanagh.

 

The little bird knows she is not all of the things he met one his journey, and realizes that she is a bird, and must be his mother.

With simple writing this book is good for very young children, who can relate to the little bird who yells “I want my mother!” This is a great book to give as a gift at a baby shower or as a Mother’s Day gift to a new mother.

A protégé of Dr. Seuss, P.D. Eastman is a well-known children’s book author and illustrator, responsible for many childhood classics like Go, Dog, Go! and Big Dog, Little Dog. The artwork in Are You My Mother is his same familiar style that children love.

Photo by J. Aaron Farr. Click to enlarge.

 

Originally published in 1960, this book has been republished multiple times, and is currently available through Random House as a hardcover, an ebook, a boardbook, and an abridged fabric book. There is also a Spanish/English bilingual edition available.

 

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Brighid is a freelance writer and first time mother.  She holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.  Find her on Facebook @Brighid Moret

 

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