If You Were Born A Kitten by Marion Dane Bauer

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Twelve kinds of animal babies swim, snuggle, slither, and scoot through this enchanting picture book that celebrates the miracle of birth, the magic of childhood, and you...the most precious baby of all.

 

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.
 
Published October 1, 1997 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The book begins: ``If you were born a kitten, you'd slip into the world in a silvery sac, and your mother would lick, lick, lick you free.'' For each creature--seahorse, chicken, porcupine, whale, opossum, snake, bear, mouse, elephant, and frog--Bauer (Alison's Wings, 1996, etc.) provides brief f...

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by JoEllen McAllister Stammen, makes a fitting board book, with just one line of text per spread, as it describes how 11 animals come into the world (""If you were born a kitten,/ you'd slip into the world in a/ silvery sac, and your mother/ would lick, lick, lick you free"").

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""If you were born a kitten, you'd slip into the world in a silvery sac, and your mother would lick, lick, lick you free."" Bauer cleverly conveys a plethora of facts, ranging from the birth of seahorses from their father's pouch to a bear cub who arrives ""naked into a wintry den."" The skin of ...

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