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Show and Tale: Are You My Mother?

Posted by Gina on October 6, 2009 at 7:57 AM in ClassicsPicture BooksRecommendationsShow and Tale
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are_you_my_mother.JPGJyl from Mom it Forward picks P.D. Eastman's classic picture book "Are You My Mother?" This 50-year-old tale follows a newly hatched baby bird as he tries to find his mother, asking several different animals.

Jyl says, "When my oldest was a baby, I read him Are You My Mother? every day. I focused on intonation. He loved how I'd raise and lower my voice and make interesting sounds. It's still one of his favorite books six years later."

What books have been your children's favorites year after year?


Terry writes...

This was probably one of Catherine's first favorite books ... with well-worn pages and smudges. Thank goodness we have the boardbook version. Our dramatic Down ... down ... down .... PLOP! Oh, the memories! Thanks for taking me back to some times with a precious little girl who used to fit tucked in a criss-cross-applesauce lap when we read.

Tif writes...

I love, love, love this book!!! One of my all-time faves and definitely one of my kids' too! I found a fabric book version with a move-able baby bird a few years ago and my kids love to "read" this one to themselves!!! So much fun!!!

Kristen M. writes...

We were out looking for new books the other day and the kid grabbed this one and I said "but you already have this book" and he said "yeah ... I like it". I think this one has been in our house for about four years (he's five now) so it has definitely stuck with him over all of these years.

He still reads an Eric Carle book at least once a week as well. Somehow, he never tires of those.

Sandhya writes...

My daughter is now 8 and this book has been her favourite since she was 2. Our mothertongue is not English, and at that age she didn't know much of English, so I would translate it for her. She enjoyed it just as much when she could read it on her own. I also cannot count the number of her friends who have been gifted this book over the past many years by us. Another book on the same theme that she enjoys is Monkey puzzle by Axel Scheffler, the writer of Gruffalo.

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