For the Mom-to-Be : The Real Deal Guide to Pregnancy by Erika Lenkert
An alternative to the now 10-year-old Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy, this upbeat and cleverly written resource is packed with must- have information and couched in everyday practicality for the newly pregnant woman. The Real Deal Guide to Pregnancy opens with quick answers to the most-asked questions ("Can I still have my hair highlighted?" "Is it true that hot tubs are off limits?" "What about the champagne I guzzled last week?") and moves into a unique organization of chapters by topic rather than trimester. Each chapter opens with the author's own true-life anecdote, and then eases into clearly laid-out, hardworking information, with tip and fact boxes scattered throughout.
The author interviewed 115 moms across the world, of all ages, and includes their experiences herein as well, for the most well-rounded information available on the market today. Finally, the book has been vetted by a professional OB/GYN to ensure the medical know-how is up-to-date and safe. Not only is this book for the four million women that have a baby each year in the United States, but for friends who will buy it for their pregnant friends, and first-time moms looking for quick answers.
For the New Mom : Baby's First Year by Annabel Karmel (this is more a keepsake/memory book)
A beautifully illustrated record book to chronicle all the special moments in a baby's first year. It begins before the birth, where information such as the family tree, ideas for names, and thoughts on the baby's arrival can be recorded and runs through to the baby's first birthday. The book includes simple prompts to ensure no special moments are forgotten, as well as plenty of space for parents to write their observations and thoughts. These prompts encourage the reader to record day-to-day routines, such as feeding and sleeping patterns; likes and dislikes, for example, "my favorite bathtime toy" and "what I liked to eat"; and the baby's "firsts", from her first night at home, to her first smile, and her initial tottering steps. There is also space to record information about the world the baby was born into, such as the name of the prime minister or president, popular music, and prices of stamps and milk.
For Any Mom: Butterfly by Thomas Marent
This visual gallery of butterflies provides an extraordinary collection of images of these elusive and difficult-to-photograph creatures. Breathtakingly detailed photography allows you to experience the butterflies in a variety of habitats, from northern woodlands to tropical rainforests. Along the way the author provides a host of fascinating information about species and life cycles.
Thomas Marent, author of Rainforest (2006), started photographing natural history subjects, particularly birds and butterflies, in the mountains of his native Switzerland. He has dedicated nearly half of his life to recording butterflies across five continents.
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