Early Readers – Are You My Mother?

A small bird falls out of its nest, and goes looking for its mother in this classic early reader. He asks a variety of animals, including a kitten, hen, cow, and even an airplane if they are his mother, only to realize that they are not who he is looking for. When he asks a crane if the crane (called a “Snort” in the book from the sound it makes) if the Snort is his mother, the crane responds by lifting him up and putting him back in the nest.

Originally published in 1960, this book is still a favorite with young readers. There is a fair amount of tension in the bird’s worry about finding his mother, and the repetition, both of the title phrase and other parts of the book, help a new reader ease into reading independently. Each page has about two to three sentences on it. There is an illustration on each page as well, placed against a white background. The illustrations perfectly capture the body language of the small bird. The pictures support the text, reflecting what is going on in the body of the story.


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