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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.
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