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.