Thursday, November 6, 2008

Amazing Baby

Forget about how cute your kid is.

The next time your little one struggles to master a milestone, look past the adorableness of their efforts and really consider the finer details of the science behind how the mind and body are developing.

Amazing, isn't it?

I have written before about how I am spellbound by the technical perfection I see evidenced in my son's growth. I find the complex systems that come together with such precision to allow him to master speech and movement and a million other things both incredibly moving and endlessly enthralling.

And I think that's why I have been similarly enthralled by Amazing Baby by Desmond Morris, a new book that explains the scientific side of a baby's development and illustrates its explanations with more than 250 photos of such heartbreaking beauty, I was left fully convinced of the miraculous nature of life.

Check out the rest of my review of Amazing Baby over at Don Mills Diva Recipes and Reviews.

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Anonymous said...

I love Desmond Morris. He did a television program about how babies and children develop years ago... In the nineties, I think. I've looked, but I've never been able to find it on video. Too bad, too, cause it was really great. My favourite book of his is Animal Days - his autobiography of the early years of his career. Really fascinating.

Bird's Eye View Photography said...

I agree-- kids are amazing.

AdriansCrazyLife said...

Oh that reminds me of MY favorite baby book - The Amazing Newborn. It's got case studies of all these amazing things newborns can do. I give it as a shower gift all the time.

Laura said...

I friggin love Desmond Morris.

Last Place Finisher said...

I am spellbound by the technical perfection that I see evidenced in my son's growth, and then he falls off his chair at the dinner table and hurts himself.

Laura said...

Hey Girl - hope all is well. I put a link to your blog on my site today - calling for nominations for the Canadian Bloggy awards.

Take care!

Blog said...

Even though I've never been scientifically inclined (to put it mildly...), this book sounds really interesting! Thanks for the reco! :)

Ernesta said...

Growth, life, death -- it's all incredibly amazing. I remember my grade 10 bio teacher saying "what's amazing about our bodies is not that you grew two legs, but that you grew two legs that are the same length" - that has always stayed with me.