The Mercury Retrograde Book Club: Are You My Mother?

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Childrens book with bird trying to find motherDon’t worry – this is not more Cancerian Eclipse-O-Rama…It’s the Mercury Retrograde Book Club!  Oh come ON…When Mercury is bats, it’s GOOD to use ye olde books & cultural materials to trigger interesting insights & conversations.

I loved this book & it’s eerily poignant. If you haven’t read it, this little bird busts out of the egg in the nest but there is nobody there to greet him. Him? So the bird goes off in search of his mother, enquiring of various animals and inanimate objects if they are his mother or not. V.simple. V.moving and like a tremendously truncated version of The Ugly Duckling in a way.

Thoughts?

baby bird with friendly kittenThe author, P.D. Eastman was a disciple of Dr Suess & a Saggo…so cool that his most renowned & best selling book all about an intrepid little bird, who busts out of the nest to go a seeking.

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Wildbird
Wildbird

A all time kids classic a baby bird trying to find his mother and never giving up

Pegasus
Pegasus

The most beautiful child’s book i ever saw was ‘TigerLilly’. Amazing illustrations.

postmodscorp
postmodscorp

I have 2 books with amazing illustrations – Ayu and the perfect moon, about a Balinese girl learning traditional dance, and Harlequin, where the illustrations still transport me into a magical and wonderful land….

Pegasus
Pegasus

LL, watched a couple of episodes on SBS about adopted girls in oz finding their
birth mum in Philllipines & Serbia & the reunion they had.
Both girls were so happy to be adopted when they met their blood family as
couldn’t relate to bio mum at all.

leonine librarian
leonine librarian

Have met my birth family, am very grateful to be raised by my adoptive family. Both my mother’s are/were Aries. My birth mother died about 10 years ago. To be kind, my birth mother was not what you would call a solutions based personality.I think that the most loving thing she did was to give me up. My other siblings had a v hard childhood being raised by her. My adoptive mum is at the opposite end of the Aries spectrum. Very much into getting stuff done, and can see beyond herself. I do feel lucky to have the relationship… Read more »

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

Hey LL, for an unknown reason, tho reckon the astro-whizzes could find a star-indicator, I am a magnet to adopted people, have so many of them in my life. Such a familiar sounding experience you describe here, that revelation that you were kinda done a favor, but also the beautiful gift of ready-made grown up siblings to get to know and love.
It’s the ‘everything happens for a reason and all was meant to be’ thing. Yay for you for feeling lucky, not hard-done-by!

leonine librarian
leonine librarian

Thanks Lexicorn, there are so many ways people react to being adopted. I know I am loved in my adopted family…but there is definite connection with my birth family too. I did find that finding my natural family made a lot of sense to things like my temper, odd little ways I have of doing things… I am, and thankfully so are my siblings, very grateful for each other. My Virgo sis tried to rationalise some of it, the ‘everything happens for a reason’ bit as me needing to be raised separately so they can know that nuturing is still… Read more »

ScorpintheSky
ScorpintheSky

Just read above. Glad you posted. It’s always a good to hear experiences different to my own.

leonine librarian
leonine librarian

So do you find your natural family easier to deal with ScorpintheSky?

I have a feeling that question has a lot of implied understatement…considering you mentioned that my experience is different than your own.

ScorpintheSky
ScorpintheSky

Not sure what you mean LL. I hope I ddin’t offend you at all. I meant that I didn’t even consider what that book might have meant to someone who wasn’t raised by their own birth mother and it was good to have the alternative raised in my consiousness. I have a close and mostly loving relationship with my family. Such a big part of our mutual love (and pity) is sharing the blessings and burdens of physical resemblance. ie dad’s good skin but wog nose, mum’s curves but unfortunate ankles… It’s interesting to hear that you found relief in… Read more »

whatever
whatever

OMG i was in absolute HYSTERICS over that serbian one pegasus – for the serbian mother with her need to touch and hug the child she gave up – her child was in a much better place by being adopted – and I also felt kinda weird about the way the adoptive mother kept using the language of the spoils of war when referring to the adoption process – like she was the victor. I sat on the couch sobbing for that poor woman in her sad surroundings with her hard life and then the son wanting to go to… Read more »

whatever
whatever

and also the tyger voyage was huge in my world too but that had pictures and no one read it to you so it kind of slipped my mind – interesting the books I remember are the ones I used to have read to me – I was read to every night for half an hour before going to sleep. That seems kinda decadent now that I look back. That was nice of them. the Tyger voyage is beautiful – Ezekiel and Raphael Dubb are two tigers whose voyage to strange lands is narrated in rhyming couplets, by the author… Read more »

FireTrine
FireTrine

I am so glad you mentioned this book! I also had this one as a kid, the illustrations were beautiful. I think for illustrations among my favourites I would have to include ‘The Fire Bird and other Russian Fairy Tales’, with intro by J. Kennedy Onassis. Simply stunning. No longer have it and have been craving to see it again!

whatever
whatever

i bet the illos in the firebird one were awesome – the slavic tales are so richly coloured and they convey so much with simple line drawings in those books. But the tyger voyage was def top o the heap – nice thick luscious paper. Those kids with their wiis don’t know what they’re missing hehehe.

FireTrine
FireTrine

The Snow Maiden was just awesome too in that book, so stupendously rich in pattern as well as colour like you say… Though I have to say watching my niece dance to Cyndi Lauper on wii looked mega fun at Xmas!!

whatever
whatever

The big book for me as a child was the hobbit – only I made dad skip the chapter with the spiders in the forest cos it scared the hell out of me. And then, this is totally libran and I’m kind of embarrassed about this but I had a book of ettiquette for children – it was my guide book on my grand tour of childhood. I loved knowing the right way to say good day to you sir and when to take your hat off, not that I wore a hat and all that table accoutrements stuff. I… Read more »

whatever
whatever

Damask… lovely

FireTrine
FireTrine

Got the entire Lord of the Rings! So relate.

leonine librarian
leonine librarian

oh gawd I had as a child raising um tool the disney book of ettiquette that had little poems and cartoons to explain things like why it’s a bad idea to pick your nose…um using Captain Hook as an example for instance. I just wanted to raise courteous peeps with a sense of humour…which I think I’ve managed somehow. Aqua child now has the copy and sometimes she and the Sagg read it together and roar laughing…they do display uncommonly good manners also.(‘cos as per usual I have NO bias whatsoever) Whatever my Aries mum would of told me to… Read more »

whatever
whatever

LOL mine is more of a knee jerk reaction kind of a woman – just make it stop was her MO, stamp it out – she did make me iron the serviettes for a while – the grown ups got pissed off about me making such a big deal about the ritual of dinner, it was the night when it was baked beans and I was out with the white linen that she turned… and I really wanted to walk around with books on my head but my mother told me it was stupid and that I would ruin the… Read more »

leonine librarian
leonine librarian

I still have to think about it and then I can…I’m naturally arrogant, not naturally graceful…and really an excess of one does not make up for the absence of the other.Sadly.

william
william

my mom read me the wall street journal as a child so I don’t know…

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

was she a Capricorn?

ScorpintheSky
ScorpintheSky

Mystic and all, what is the bird looking for, and what does it find? Is the mother the self? or kin? or spiritual kin? or something else. Or is that just way too Jungian for a book that teaches basic cognitive and cultural categories to kids. Although maybe a folklorist would say its the same thing…?

The Leo Socialite
The Leo Socialite

Itunes has become some sort of monster.
This book makes me sad but i enjoy thinking about it, thank you.
Dr Zeus – lol!

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

Speaking of Mercury Retro. Is anyone else finding the closer it gets to the sun the worse it gets? Yesterday I very nearly erased our office server without even trying, then printed a whole lot of work to take home, just swiped it off the printer without looking and ran, got home to find NO INK in the printer, had crazy blocked sink from hell that literally spat Draino back up and all over me, and this morning colleague’s key got jammed in the door and we were locked out of the office for ages, waiting for a lock smith…… Read more »

leonine librarian
leonine librarian

itunes is currently possessing my computer…it keeps throwing itself up into my view, regardless of how many times I shut it down. It was infuriating last night as it happened every second minute, regardless of shutting the computer down, running a scan for viruses…

I’m of the mind that if this is as bad as it gets I’ll be ok.

Lexi you’ve had a nice little tussle though. Maybe it’s done with you now?

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

Oh, that was the other thing last night, I had iTunes issues too – but just refused to finish synching, just went on and on and on saying ‘do not disconnect’.

I hope you’re right LL, and thanks for your confidence. Let it be done, please. I have birthday mail arriving soon!!

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

When’s your buff day Lex?

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

Entered the 21st Century like a decade too late, Capricorn style, and got an iPhone a coupla weeks ago – upgraded to latest iTunes then, so you may be onto something there whatevs…

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

Buffed and shined on Thursday RoboScorp. Eek.

leonine librarian
leonine librarian

only one more sleep Lexicorn…

whatever
whatever

this is so not astro oriented but did you recently upgrade itunes? it’s got an update that I’m ignoring at the moment. Maybe it’s the new one if you have or maybe if you haven’t and you do it the problem will stop?

leonine librarian
leonine librarian

My children did stuff. I don’t know what but it’s been screwy since they visited NY eve/day.

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

Hey, what the? SO MERCURY RETRO. That above comment to you whatevs, belongs down here. I swear, it really truly does…

Sunsignsaggmoonsaturnincap
Sunsignsaggmoonsaturnincap

It’s a wonderful book! I remember it well. I also loved Pippi Longstocking and does anyone remember “Janey”? As a child I loved books which featured eccentric female protagonists. I’ve googled “Janey” to no avail. She was hilarious – e.g. on her birthday, for breakfast, her Dad relented and allowed her to have chocolate biscuits to dip into her boiled egg. On another occasion, when out walking she was scolded for always looking down on the ground but was vindicated when she found a rare coin in the park. She was priceless! The book was a hand-me-down from my much… Read more »

saggigal
saggigal

i love this book, though it has tres poignant undertones for those who have had less than satisfactory rels with their mum.

my fave kids book was always ‘the magic faraway tree’ 🙂

postmodscorp
postmodscorp

This book caused me to have hysterics as a child, it was way too much for my baby empathic heart – I’ve hated the story ever since.
I totally love Possum Magic, The Wild Baby, anything Maurice Sendak, but this one? I couldn’t handle it at all…. still can’t.

ScorpintheSky
ScorpintheSky

That’s really interesting postmod because you and I have similar astro and I felt a similar way when I was young. It didn’t make me shy away from the book but I remember my heart just BLEEDING for the soul in the book.

My pre-school teacher said I was empathetic at 4 which was unusual. Did enyone ever make any comments in that respect abour you? I’m wondering if its an astro thing? Where would empathy show up in the chart I wonder?

whatever
whatever

OMG I had similar experiences only with horton hatches the egg that maisie the bird was a total bitch for flying off to salamasang or wherever the hell she went and leaving the nest – ironically my father the deserter used to read me that book life imitates art? that’s a joke kids – and that fuqing you are my sunshine song – they used to make us sing it at school and I’d be on the mat howling while all the other kids were singing along tralalalala – like they just didn’t get the meaning of the story or… Read more »

leonine librarian
leonine librarian

Reverberates much differently if you’re adopted.

ScorpintheSky
ScorpintheSky

Interesting. How does it reverberate with you?

Taurean Love Expert
Taurean Love Expert

Loved this one when I was little.

For those who enjoy spooky sci-fi, the Doctor Who episode ‘The Empty Child’ spun this narrative into the scariest, most uncanny thing ever!

FireTrine
FireTrine

Waaay cute! Am collecting kid’s books currently so I will have to order this one in. I adore them and wanted to write them at one point!

I gave the nieces and nephews Struwwelpeter for Chrissy:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6f/H_Hoffmann_Struwwel_03.jpg/180px-H_Hoffmann_Struwwel_03.jpg

It’s hideous and wonderful and full of Krampus style stories with fingers being chopped off and little girls who play with matches setting themselves on fire.

taurean alchemist
taurean alchemist

gorgeous book! (my kids love it too).

I reckon some Dr Zeus rhyme is good for merc retrograde too – reawaken the childhood mind or something?

if I were to go old skool/have a book retrospective I’d probably re-read Gone With the Wind and Pride and Prejudice.

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