Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-10-06 The phrase "if you were a..." introduces the way in which a variety of different animals enter the world in this gentle, spare text. "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 a baby deer mouse is "so thin that the milk in [its] tummy" shows through and baby elephants suck their trunks. An oversized trim makes room for the equally compelling larger-than-life pastels. Stammen's (Bears Out There) close-up focus showcases every hair on a kitten, while maintaining the gentle edges of a soft focus photograph. Of course, the final pages tell baby's story: "You rode curled beneath your mother's heart,... You floated in a salty sea, waiting and waiting. Waiting for us who were waiting for you." The tone is lovingly maternal, soothing and perfect for bedtime. Ages 1-4. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2002-12-16 Marion Dane Bauer's If You Were Born a Kitten (1997), illus. 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"). The book ends with a baby's birth: "You rode curled beneath your mother's heart,/ growing and growing...." In a starred review, PW called it "lovingly maternal, soothing and perfect for bedtime." Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-01-01 The phrase "if you were a..." introduces the way in which a variety of animals enter the world. "The tone is lovingly maternal, soothing and perfect for bedtime," said PW in a starred review. Ages 1-4. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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