Are You My Mother?

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Are You My Mother?
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AuthorP. D. Eastman
IllustratorP. D. Eastman
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
June 12, 1960 (renewed 1988)

Are You My Mother? is a children's book by P. D. Eastman published by Random House Books for Young Readers on June 12, 1960, as part of its Beginner Books series.

Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association listed the book as one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."[1] It was one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Are You My Mother? is a story about a hatchling bird. His mother, thinking her egg will stay in her nest where she left it, leaves her egg alone and flies off to find food. The baby bird hatches while the mother is away. The hatchling does not understand where his mother is so he goes to look for her. As he lacks the ability to fly, he walks, and in his search, he asks a kitten (who says nothing), a hen, a dog, and a cow if they are his mother, but none of them are.

Refusing to give up, he sees an old car, which he realizes certainly cannot be his mother. In desperation, the hatchling calls out to a boat and a plane (neither responds), and at last, he approaches and climbs onto the teeth of an enormous power shovel calling to it "Mother, Mother!". However, after it belches "SNORT" from its exhaust stack, the bird cries "You are not my mother! You are a Snort!" As the machine shudders and grinds into motion, he cannot escape. "I want my mother!" he sobs.

At that moment, the Snort drops the hatchling into his nest, and his mother returns. The two are reunited, much to their delight, and the baby bird recounts to his mother the adventures he had looking for her.

Adaptations[edit]

The regular version has 64 pages.[3] An abridged and simplified 24-page board book has also been published by Random House.[4]

On August 13, 1991, Are You My Mother? was part of the Beginner Book Video series, directed and produced by Ray Messecar. The cast included Ardys Flavelle, Merwin Goldsmith, Marian Hailey, Ron Marshall, Brendon Parry and Jim Thurman.[5]

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre created an hour-long musical performance based on the book geared for children grades K-2, with music by Richard DeRosa.[6]

Critical reaction[edit]

The book's subjective appeal is derived from a compelling and compact plot full of humorous adventure, aided by line drawings that appeal to young children.[7]

Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association listed the book as one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."[1] It was one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Education Association (2007). "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Bird, Elizabeth (July 6, 2012). "Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results". School Library Journal "A Fuse #8 Production" blog. Archived from the original on February 26, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  3. ^ https://www.bookdepository.com/Are-You-My-Mother-P-D-Eastman/9780001713222
  4. ^ https://www.bookdepository.com/Are-You-My-Mother-P-D-Eastman/9780679890478
  5. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0294825/fullcredits#cast imdb.com
  6. ^ ArtsPower. "Are You My Mother?". Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  7. ^ Children's Books and Reviews. "Are You My Mother? summary and review". Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013.