Title: Are You My Mother? Author: P.D. Eastman
First published June 12, 1960
64 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9780001713222 (ISBN10: 0001713221)
In “Are You My Mother?”, a baby bird sets out to find its mother and asks everyone and everything it encounters, “Are You My Mother?” This heartwarming tale is perfect for children who are just starting to read, and even their younger siblings will enjoy following the bird’s journey. P.D. Eastman’s classic book is part of the Beginner Books series, which was founded by Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
With easy vocabulary, large print, and colorful illustrations, this affordable hardcover book is sure to become a favorite that kids will want to read again and again. Ideal for children in grades 1 and 2.
About the Author
Meet Philip Dey Eastman, a talented American screenwriter, children’s author, and illustrator known to many as P.D. Eastman. He was mentored by the famous Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) and created numerous children’s books in his own unique style under the Dr. Seuss brand of Random House.
Many of his books were featured in the Beginner Books series.
Eastman’s career began in the story department of Walt Disney Productions from 1936 to 1941. He then moved on to Warner Bros.
Cartoons for two years before joining United Productions of America from 1945 to 1952. During World War II, he lent his talents to the “Private Snafu” training films and wrote for the popular animations, Mr. Magoo and the Gerald McBoing-Boing series for UPA.
P.D. Eastman’s “Are You My Mother?” is a classic children’s book that has been beloved by generations since it was first published in 1960. The book follows the journey of a baby bird who has hatched from his egg while his mother is away finding food.
Confused and alone, the baby bird sets out on a quest to find his mother, asking various animals and objects if they are his mother.
Eastman’s simple yet effective writing style and charming illustrations make this book a timeless classic. The story is easy to follow and engaging for young readers, while also providing valuable lessons about the importance of family and belonging.
Children will love seeing the baby bird’s adventures and will be eager to help him find his mother.
The book also has historical significance as it was published during a time when traditional gender roles were prominent, and mothers were often expected to stay at home and care for their children. “Are You My Mother?” challenged these norms by portraying a mother who leaves her child to find food, highlighting the importance of a mother’s role as a provider.
While the book is undoubtedly a classic, it does have some limitations. The plot is straightforward, and there are no significant surprises or twists, which may make it less engaging for older readers.
Additionally, the lack of diversity among the characters and setting may not resonate with today’s more diverse audience.
Overall, “Are You My Mother?” is a heartwarming and timeless classic that has stood the test of time. It is a must-read for young children and parents alike, and its themes of family, belonging, and love are still relevant today.
I would highly recommend this book to parents and educators looking for a charming and engaging story to share with children.
Rating: 4/5 stars. While the book has some limitations, its timeless appeal and valuable lessons make it a classic that should be a part of every child’s library.