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Welcome to the World: A Keepsake Baby Book Hardcover – 17 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society; Gjr edition (17 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142621314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426213144
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 1.9 x 25.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MARFE FERGUSON DELANO is the author of 15 books for National Geographic, including "Genius, A Photobiograhy of Albert Einstein," which was an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and" Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison." Her latest titles for National Geographic are "Helen's Eyes, a Photobiography of Annie Sullivan "and" Master George's People." Delano is a graduate of Duke University

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful photos and well made, but doesn't leave room for your own photos 10 May 2014
By Mindy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I got this book because it was gender neutral. I have both a boy and a girl and hadn't decided yet which one this book would be for.

First, the good: The book is well made and looks like it will last. The photos, true to National Geographic standards, are spectacular. The colors pop, the perspectives unique and the pages are captivating. There are poems sprinkled throughout, and of course, places for you to fill in personal information about your sweet little one.

The bad: There isn't much provided space for your own photos. Designated photo spots are sparse, I suppose, because the spotlight is on the professional photos. There are plenty of "empty" spaces that you can cheat and throw in some photos (One page has an eagle flying in a vast, boring sky) but it seems like your own personal photos could have been incorporated further.

Also, not to be too picky since most of the photos are gorgeous, but why did they have to put the herd of wildebeest on page 79? They are emaciated - probably three heartbeats from dying of starvation - and the photo isn't appealing at all. Does it need to be in a baby book where the theme is supposed to be hope, new beginnings, awe and love?

Lastly, there is a blurb by Jessica Alba at the very end and it mentions her company, the Honest Company. I am not a fan of that company and see this as advertising. Why is she even there? It adds a streak of commercialism that doesn't belong in a baby keepsake book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Coolest Baby Book Ever! 26 Jun. 2014
By Tara Becker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is so much cooler, sleeker, more stylish, and more fun to look at than all those bulky flowery baby books with endless pockets and pastel cartoonish artwork of baby items. This book is both an awesome coffee table book with amazing beautiful photographs and a baby book with spaces to record all the milestones and memories. There are also several pages with places to add your own photographs. I also love all the inspirational quotations and poems artfully placed throughout the book. I'm so glad that I received this as a gift, because I hadn't wanted a baby book at all because I thought they were all chintzy, but this book has risen above the stereotype.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Stunning photographs, inspirational quotes and poems, but "Baby's First Year" not the main focus of book 2 April 2014
By TooManyHobbies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This book has some truly breathtaking photos. Every facet of our world is represented. Everything from outer space to the deep blue sea, fish, birds, insects, mammals, sandy beaches and rocky mountains, macro photography and panoramic vista. Accompanying the photographs is an eclectic collection of quotes. Everything from Virgil to Van Gogh. From Martin Luther King, Jr, to Lao Tzu. From William Shakespeare to Albert Einstein. From Jane Austin to Mark Twain. There are also many beautiful poems from famous authors like Walt Whitman, William Black, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Rudyard Kipling, etc.

The book is 152 pages of bold color, glossy pages, creative fonts, stunning images, and inspirational words. It is amazingly beautiful. A true work of art.

But sadly this Keepsake Baby Book has only 37 pages reserved for information about your baby's first years. The first blank area for "baby" information is not until page 15. I just felt like the focus of the book was on the "photographic art" and not the baby. I don't think I would use this book to record my baby's first year, but it is something I would carefully fill out at a later date and place on our coffee table for visitors and guest to marvel over. A filled out copy would also be a great keepsake gift for grandparent, god-parents, and doting relatives.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Georgeous Nat Geo Photography, Not a Baby Book 24 April 2014
By molu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This is quite a strange book. It is supposed to be a baby keepsake book but it really is a compilation of nature photography of baby animals. The parts decidated to your baby seem forced, out of place, and an afterthought. Then towards the end of the book, there is one page devoted to Jessica Alba. Yes, the actress. I don't have any opnions about her but why would I want an entire page in my baby book devoted to Jessica Alba with a complete bio, her views, and a picture of her right in the center of the page?!?! I was so turned off I didn't read the entire thing. Maybe she's the designer of this book, which would be interesting because then it is really a tribute to animals, quotes she likes, and a tribute to herself. Not your baby. Who ever put this book toghether definitely has no idea what it is like to have a child for the first time and the urge parents have to preserve and memorialize the precious first 12 months of baby's life. If Jessica Alba was the one who put it together, I find it rather puzzling because she has children.

Usually when anyone thinks about a baby keepsake book, one would envision that it is baby centric--focused on your baby. You should be able to completely personalize it fill it with pictures of your baby as she grows throughout her first year. This book is front to back filled with stunning National Geographic photography, which is nice in itself but your baby's details that you add will really get lost. On some pages the size, color of the photography and page layout can really compete and clash with the baby details you add. The pages that have space for you to add your own photos do not have slits or tabs to hold the photos. You would have to tape them or glue them on. The pages have a glossy sheen like photo or a heavy magazine paper. To write on it, you would likely have to use a fine tip sharpie. Normal writing instruments probaby wouldn't work well. After flipping through the pages, I did not even bother to use it. In my opnion, if I tried to fill out the few spaces are there for tracking milestones and glue on photos, I would ruin the book. It's already not a baby keepsake book. And if I tried to add stuff to it, then it wouldn't even be a nice picture book anymore.

Anyway, If you are thinking about getting this book, I say save your money. And if you're curious, why don't you go pick up a National Geographic magazine or even a fashion magazine with pictures of Jessica Alba and start gluing pictures of your little one and baby memorablilia inside wherever there is open space. And get a black sharpie and document your baby's milestone in between the paragraphs and margins.

I do not recommend this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Road Map to Memories 12 July 2014
By Deborah C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Upon the birth of my first grandchild I gifted my son and daughter-in-law with this gorgeous, sentimental keepsake Baby Book.
There's plenty if space to fill in all the special moments and memories. What makes this keepsake unique are the colorful scenes
on each page. You can go back to this treasure chest of memories, pour over each page, and loose yourself in all these special
moments any time.
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