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If You Were Born a Kitten


This quiet book tells gestation/birth/baby stories for many different animals, ending with one human baby:

You rode curled beneath your mother’s heart,
growing and growing. You floated in a salty sea, waiting
and waiting. Waiting for us who were waiting for you.
“We’re ready,” we said. And you were ready too.
So you squeezed out, wailing.

My toddlers thought babies were interesting.  That tendency, combined with the interesting details on the various animals and gentle pictures, ensured this cozy book kept their attention during the board book years.

Author:  Marion Dane Bauer
Illustrator:  JoEllen McAllister Stammen