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Published: June 12, 1960 (renewed 1988)
Author: P. D. Eastman
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Characters: Baby Bird, Mother Bird, Kitten, Hen, Dog, Cow
Setting: Car, Boat, Plane, Snort

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 named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children." It was one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.

Plot Summary

"Are You My Mother?" is the 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. He does not understand where his mother is so he goes to look for her. But he didn't know what his mother looked like and he went right by her. In his search, he asks a kitten, a hen, a dog, and a cow if they are his mother, but none of them are. Then he sees a car, which cannot be his mother for sure. In desperation, the hatchling calls out to a boat and a plane, and at last, convinced he has found his mother, he climbs onto the teeth of an enormous power shovel. A loud snort belches from its exhaust stack, prompting the bird to utter the immortal line, "You are not my mother! You are a snort!" But as it shudders and grinds into motion he cannot escape. "I want my mother!" he says. But at this climactic moment, his fate is suddenly reversed. The shovel drops him back in his nest just as his mother is returning home. The two are united, much to their delight, and the baby bird tells his mother about the adventure he had looking for her.

Other Media

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

Other stories in this video series include The Best Nest and Go, Dog. Go!.

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