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Are You My Mother? 05/12/08
I grew up with P. D. Eastman's books. As a student of Dr. Seuss and with his books being published under the Dr. Seuss brand, it's kind of hard to read one and not the other. I still have my ragged and beloved old copy of Eastman's The Cat in the Hat Beginner Dictionary. Still somehow, I missed Are You My Mother? when I was a child; Sean and I read it for the first time together just recently.
A baby bird newly hatched goes in search of his mother, not sure what his mother looks like. He asks a everyone and everything he sees: "Are you my mother?" The creatures are a kitten, a hen, a dog, and cow. When they can't help, he tries machines: a car, a boat and a plane. Help ultimately comes from an unexpected source. Since the ending is the best part, I'll save it for parents and children to discover together.