cover image Amazing Baby

Amazing Baby

Desmond Morris. Firefly Books, $40 (192pp) ISBN 978-1-55407-419-8

The author of the bestselling 1967 book, The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal, Morris here presents a beautiful and useful guide to the first two years of a baby's development. With full-sized, gorgeous photos, the book begins with the newborn's body and follows with chapters on ""learning to sit"" ""learning to walk,"" ""self awareness,"" ""moods,"" etc. There are many wonderful transparent sheets of anatomical drawings that show the internal organs lined up with the body and brain of a baby, and the simple, concise text actually contains everything you need to know. There are many books about childhood and stages of development, but this one is easily digested and lovely to look at-a perfect gift for a new mother when you want to skip the usual onesies.