Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there, some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf. I created this blog to share some of these wonderful stories with you. Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story. In the end, I hope we'll all have discovered at least a few new titles that will have made their way onto our list of family favorites. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day 31: Are You My Mother?

This book came to us as a well-loved hand-me-down, and it didn't take long for me to see why it had endured so much wear and tear.  Are You My Mother? is an adorable story about a baby bird who sets out to find his mother, who left the nest shortly before he hatched in search of food for her baby-to-be.  Having never seen his mother, the little bird has no idea what she looks like, so he mistakes all kinds of creatures for his mother along the way:  a kitten, a hen, a dog, a cow, even a plane and boat.   Determined to find her, he carries on until he sees what must be his mother.   He runs up to the big thing exclaiming, "Mother, Mother!  Here I am, Mother!"  But the big thing just says, "Snort!"  (The thing is really a steam shovel.  Silly bird!)   In the end, the Snort ends up saving the day and baby and mother are happily reunited.  While this storyline might not sound like anything exceptional, this book is great for a few reasons.  First, it uses simple, repetitive language throughout, which makes it a wonderful story for budding readers.  My son loves being able to recognize words on a page and anticipate what is coming next, and I love seeing him engage with the text of a book so enthusiastically.  Of course, he is most excited about arriving at the Snort at the end, but he easily recites parts of this story each time we read it with a big smile on his face.  The illustrations are simple, use only a few colors, and are not overly busy -- another reason why I think this book appeals to young readers.  I also love this book because the little bird reminds me of my son -- independent, curious, and determined.  This is another great story that is bound to be a classic in our house for years to come.


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