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If You Were Born a Kitten by Marion Dane Bauer

bk_bornAre your children interested in babies and where they come from?  If they’re anything like my girls, they are!  Although they haven’t asked us any specifics (yet!), I try to remain aware of their natural curiosity and offer very gentle nuggets of information so that when that fateful day comes, they will have some prior knowledge to which to “hook” the new knowledge.  If You Were Born a Kitten by Marion Dane Bauer is the perfect book to do just that.  Each two-page spread begins with the phrase “If you were born a ______” or something similar and then goes on to describe the birth processes (gently!  gently!) or newborn characteristics of a variety of animals, from seahorses to elephants.  The last several pages, though, are dedicated to the most amazing story of all, the story of a human baby, very different from the animals just described but similar in that he is also born.  With no specific details beyond “So you squeezed out, wailing,” the miracle of human birth is celebrated.  JoEllen McAllister Stammen’s soft pastel drawings are the perfect accompaniment to this sweet and well-received book.  Louise, at 3 1/2, is enamored of the idea of babies (‘though she is quite jealous around the reality of babies), so this book is a real hit with her.  In fact, our copy is falling apart!

Marion Dane Bauer has a website.  Check it out!

(Once again, I’ve had difficulties with downloading an Amazon image for this book.  However, here is a link should you need one.)

Be sure to check out the other Read Aloud Week posts.  We’re celebrating twenty weeks of Read Aloud Thursdays here at Hope Is the Word with an upcoming book giveaway.  Have you commented yet?

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