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Amazing Baby: The Amazing Story of the First Two Years of Life [Paperback]

Desmond Morris

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Reprint edition (Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554077435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554077434
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 22.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 832,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars requires a second reading 14 Feb 2009
By Oakley E. Van Slyke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A great book at several levels. On the surface, it's a picture book of babies with really amazing insights. Below that, a book that might be titled "don't believe everything you read about parenting". Below that is a book about human nature, its origins, diversity and common threads. Below the story of origins is a story about lost traits, such as neonatal swimming, and the accidents of evolution. Morris is so subtle that it is easy to overlook his many layers of meaning.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book and a special gift! 3 Jan 2009
By Dr. Bonnie Zucker - Published on Amazon.com
This beautiful book is informative and fascinating. The information it provides on newborn development is superb, covering the first two years of life. Written from the newborn's perspective, the book celebrates the miracle of human life and growth. The presentation is clear and well-organized. Though I bought it for myself, it would make a great gift for new parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful gift! 16 Dec 2008
By J. Kuntze - Published on Amazon.com
Although I bought this book for myself, it would make a lovely baby gift! I have a three month old son, and a four year old daughter, and I found this book beautiful and informative! The photographs are lovely, especially to the eyes of a new parent who is falling in love with their own baby. The overlays of internal body structures (skeleton, eyes, etc) are fascinating. And in between feedings, baths, rocking and playing, I am also enjoying the amazing story of how a baby grows -- wonderful!
5.0 out of 5 stars An "Owner's Manual" for New Parents 11 Aug 2010
By Ms. Periwink - Published on Amazon.com
As a developmental psychologist, I was fascinated by this book. I gave it as a gift to new parents, jokingly suggesting that it was an "owner's manual" for their new baby.

Taking the perspective of the infant herself, the author covers the significant developmental aspects from conception through the child's second year.

Beautiful photographs and an insight-filled text convey a sense of awe and wonderment as new life unfolds and-- if all goes well-- flourishes. It is a refreshing contrast to the fact-filled, how-to books which present normal guidelines of development, implying that the new parent is responsible for fulfilling certain expectation.

For Mr. Morris, development is not a series of goals, but rather an exciting, dynamic, highly individualised process. The parent is enticed to intimately observe and join in to facilitate the baby's growth.

By experiencing individuality "in the making," the parent becomes an observer/participant. Looking through the eyes of the infant, she learns about what is distinctive about being human.

The author's passion for the subject is akin to what the new parent experiences. Altogether, this is a validating, happy book which I'd highly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars Like his other books it's research based from multiple reliable ... 2 Oct 2014
By Michael Griggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
All the gimmicks removed from bringing a baby into the word. Like his other books it's research based from multiple reliable sources and presented into terms the general public can understand. It's uncommon to find an academic that can write in such an easily digested way. Morris is a unique and effective educator. The book was a bit simple for one with a medical back ground but I did learn and strengthened the way I educate.
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