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Baby Love: An Affectionate Miscellany Hardcover – 2 Feb 2009

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (2 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740776126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740776120
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 2.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 981,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The talented eye of Rachael Hale is a gift in itself. She is one of the world's most popular and recognized animal photographers. She gets plenty of interesting content ideas from her three cats and her adopted Dalmatian Boxer Cross. Rachael lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Format: Hardcover
I was a little disappointed in this book as I found it far too 'pretty' and repetitive. The pictures were beautiful but far too similar and the facts and quotes were tantalisingly brief. I would have preferred far more writing with smaller pictures so that I could have found out more about baby customs throughout the world.
The lists of the most popular boy's and girl's names were not in my copy but there were two blank pages so perhaps they should have appeared there. I am sure this book will appeal to lots of other people, especially new mothers, but it was not for me.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Cronin VINE VOICE on 30 Dec 2008
Format: Hardcover
To be honest, the book isn't to my taste. This doesn't mean that it isn't adorable, nor packed to the brim with adorable baby photos and titbits of baby lore. I think that any pregnant woman or recent mother will adore this book. It's well-executed and beautifully presented. However, I did find some of the photos repetitive, but then again, I suppose that there are only so many ways in which to photograph babies. But Rachael Hale does a good job of it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fun Images of Cute Babies 25 Dec 2008
By Lisa Shea - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This coffee table photo book is a collection of baby photos - all under one year old. There are the newest of infants as well as toddlers who can hold themselves up. Along with the photos are a collection of phrases, rhymes and stories about babies throughout history.

Babies are naturally cute, of course, but Rachel has done a great job of making them even more cute. You have babies in blankets, babies in suds, babies dressed up and babies au natural.

A few of the shots are very obviously staged, and I happen to like those the least - those make the babies look like models on a runway. I really like the ones that look like natural babies - like images any mom could have taken of their own darling. I like the ones with the hair askew, the face crinkled, the baby being content in its own baby world. My favorite picture is of the baby with the two-horn hat. The baby's smile seems to say, "I am me!"

I also enjoy the ones where there are several shots of the same infant, showing different facets of their personality. Babies are complex and wonderful, and the sequence-shots really help to demonstrate that.

If I have a complaint about the book (besides the staged photos) it is that some make me a bit nervous about the baby's safety. I realize that there are people off-camera keeping an eye on things, but even so the cover shot concerns me, with the baby in the hard porcelain tub. I can just imagine the soapy tyke slipping and bashing himself. Ditto for the baby on the chair. The hammock one especially worries me. It doesn't give me a sense of "peace" looking at that image.

Still, those are minor complaints in a book that is a lot of fun to read through.

Well recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I loved this book! 8 Jun 2009
By C. Wright - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for a couple in our family at Christmas who had announced a pregnancy that we were all having some mixed feelings about. Just looking at the beautiful pictures and captions helped us all remember how precious that new little life will be!
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For Anyone Who Oohs and Aahs Over Babies 2 Dec 2008
By Rachel Kramer Bussel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Rachael Hale has created a book for anyone who loves babies, plain and simple. With wee ones ranging from 2 and a half weeks to 11 months, she captures them being exuberantly happy, perplexed, intense, thoughtful, and, to me most precious of all, asleep. Interspersed with poems, facts and sayings (we learn where the gendered pink and blue come from) about babies, her photos, especially the less-posed-looking ones, are simply stunning. On page 67, the hint of a smile plays across a baby's lips, something out of the shot catching his or her eye. The shot of three siblings slumped against each other on a couch, asleep, bits of drool escaping their little lips, is breathtaking.

One, meant to illustrate "The Princess and the Pea," features a bare baby on a mini mattress, leg tucked under belly and arm tucked under head, eyes closed. That's my personal favorite.

Big, often blueberry-colored eyes stare back at Hale's camera, and by extension at us, and only the most hard-hearted couldn't be swayed by them. Another child on pages 22-23 chose gums with an open moth, happiness written all over his or her face. Some of the shots seem a little too studio-friendly, rather than capturing something a baby would naturally be doing, though some of these, such as three babies sitting with flowers wound around them, still totally work. I don't have a baby of my own (yet), but I will treasure this book and show it to mine when they arrive and in the meantime, enjoy Hale's outstanding, expressive images.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stunning 7 Nov 2010
By Bruce D. Sawle - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If I could give 10 stars I would this book is simply one of the finest displays of inphant phtography I have seen. The photos are stunningly beautiful, with a element of fun and realism.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sooo Cute!!! 16 Oct 2008
By Jenine M. Cafarella - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It is hard to believe that this is Rachel Hale's first foray into the world of baby photography, I guess she must have learned something from working with all those cats and dogs! This book is a delightful look at babies ages 2 1/2 weeks up to just shy of one year, concentrating primarily on expressions instead of props.

Interspersed with the photographs are tidbits of baby tribute ranging from a rendition of "ring around the rosie" to the proper folding technique of cloth diapers. Although definitely a far cry from a "how to raise baby" guide I still think it would appeal to mothers-to-be and would make a great shower gift or a great gift for anyone who adores babies.

As a newbie to babyography Ms. Hale has shown an adept eye for catching babes at their most innocently adorable moments and this would be a delightful addition to any library or coffee table.
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