If You Had a Nose Like an Elephant's Trunk by Marion Dane Bauer

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A young girl imagines what it would be like to have a tongue like a snapping turtle, feet like a fly, a tail like a lizard, or cheeks like a chipmunk.
 

About Marion Dane Bauer

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Marion Dane Bauer was born in Oglesby, Illinois. She attended community college first, in her home town, and then went to the University of Missouri when she was a junior to study journalism. She quickly realized that journalism was not for her and changed her focus to the humanities and a degree in English literature. She switched one last time to focus on teaching english, which she did when she graduated college. After her children were born, Bauer decided to try her hand at writing. She started out with a children's picture book, but discovered that youg adult novels were more to her taste. After making a career out of writing, Bauer became the first Faculty Chair at Vermont College for the only Master of Fine Arts in Writing program devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults. Bauer is the author of more than forty books for young people. She has won many awards, including a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for her novel Rain of Fire and an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for On My Honor and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. Her picture book My Mother is Mine was a New York Times bestseller. Susan Winter's background includes her own national show on Financial News Network. She was also anchor and moderator of the popular series "Corporate Profiles," and as a corporate communicator, worked with over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies. An avid body builder, she models for the popular Lady Death of Chaos of comic fame.
 
Published September 1, 2001 by Holiday House. 32 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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At one point, the little girl holds a lizard’s tail that has broken off in order to facilitate escape.

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Little ones play a dressed-up version of peek-a-boo in Marion Dane Bauer's board book Toes, Ears, & Nose!, illus.

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Bauer (My Mother Is Mine) and Winter (Calling All Toddlers) do some silly theorizing about what life would be like if a child possessed certain animal characteristics—and come up with some appropriately comic answers.

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