Warning: contains spoilers***
A mother bird is sitting on her egg and figures that her baby will need food. So, she flies away to fetch something for her young. Then the baby bird hatches and leaves the nest to find his mom. He asks different creatures and even a boat and construction machine, which he calls a snort due to its sound, if they are his mother. Eventually, he finds his real mom and shares a bonding moment with her.
The story was nice and fun. I especially found it cute when the baby bird called that construction machine a snort. I told that to my friend and he found that funny. I also agree with him about how the baby bird doesn’t seem to understand genetics. Lol.
That being said, one flaw that stands out to me is that the mother bird wears a bonnet, even though she’s a wild animal. Unless she was released into the wild by a human and already had the bonnet on, it’s quite odd and unbelievable. Even if she found it, how would she put it on when she doesn’t have apposable thumbs?
Although this is the main purpose of the plot, I found it irresponsible for the mother bird to leave the nest and her baby alone. He even passed his mother when looking for her and didn’t know that was her. But maybe it is scientifically accurate for a mother bird to leave the nest and young to find it food before it hatches.
I would image that pretty much everyone has read this as a child. Or had an adult or older kid read it to him or her. I certainly used to love this story as a little kid.
Even as an adult, I rate “Are You My Mother” 5 out of 5 stars.
6 thoughts on “Review of the Book, “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman”
Eastman’s GO, DOG. GO! is one of my childhood favorites (featuring one of the all-time great party scenes!), but somehow I missed this book!
You could see if any kids you know might like it.
I was read this book many times as a child and so enjoyed it especially when my grandmother read it to me. Until you mentioned it in this post, I never even thought about the bonnet, even when reading it to my children. And now I have passed it to my oldest daughter to read to her two very young boys. I agree with you, 5/5.
Classic work that every child can relate to – the separation anxiety and their identity of who they belong to.