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Diary Of A Baby: What Your Child Sees, Feels, And Experiences [Kindle Edition]

Daniel N. Stern
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Book Description

Every new parent wants to know what the infant's experience is really like. In Diary of a Baby, renowned infant psychiatrist Daniel Stern brings us closer than ever before to penetrating a young child's consciousness. In alternating sections of evocative prose, representing the baby's own voice, and explanatory text, Daniel Stern draws on his research findings and years of clinical experience to re-create the baby's world. Diary of a Baby, with a new introduction by the author, can be read alongside Dr. Stern's book on the motherhood experience The Birth of a Mother.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Of particular interest to new parents will be this imagined "diary" in which Stern ( The First Relationship ), father of five and psychiatry professor at Cornell University Medical Center, traces the development of baby Joey from infancy to about four years of age. In prose that characterizes Joey's responses to his world (for instance, the use of "I" is reserved until Joey is four and a half months), Stern illuminates the development of volition, memory and a sense of self as they take place in five overlapping "worlds of experience." The brief diary entries are expanded in descriptive sections in which Stern interprets an infant's reaction to sensory and emotional experiences; in these direct, informative accounts the baby is referred to as "she." An inventive and highly accessible approach to an endlessly absorbing subject. 25,000 first printing; $25,000 ad/promo .
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This is the imaginary diary of a child from the age of six weeks to four years, based on the experience and research of Stern, a professor of psychology and psychiatry. The reader is drawn from the "world of experience" to the "world of stories" through poetry and prosaic imagery describing simple events in the child's life, both in the child's voice and in explanatory text. While perhaps most suitable as a creative gift to new parents, this possibly may be a useful addition to the psychology collection in academic and larger public libraries.
- Anne Washburn, Smith Helms Mul lis & Moore Lib., Greensboro, N.C.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0465016405
  • Publisher: Basic Books (March 17, 1992)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003B0W1UI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lucid presentation of latest infant development theories November 23, 1996
By A Customer
Daniel Stern is a world expert on infant development and
psychiatry, as well as an iconoclastic and creative theorist.
This book is a lucid and poetic presentation of his theories,
accessible to the layman and full of treasures for the
professional. It is the form of a set of small vignettes from
significant stages in the devellopment of a little boy, Joey.
The poetry is necessary because much of the concepts refer to
pre-verbal stages of development, and it works very well. This
book is a good companion read to _The interpersonal world of
the infant_ which presents the ideas from a technical point
of view, with the supporting scientific evidence.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Mind December 16, 2002
Dr. Stern's prose is beautiful. He presents, in near poetry-format, a fascinating look into the mind of an infant. Starting at 4 weeks and continuing to 4 years, he brings you into the world of a child. I couldn't put this book down! (And this is notable, given that I am a new Mom and have more than enough to do!)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars every new parent should read this August 31, 2005
This is an amazing book. It tells the story of what life is like from birth to age 4 from the point of view of the child. I give it as a gift to every new parent I know because I believe that the most important quality in a parent is empathy -- the capacity to understand the inner experience of their child. It is written by a highly respected researcher on child development and is also useful for graduate students in psychology to get a handle on difficult concepts in a pleasurable way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable Synopsis of Baby's Developmental Leaps June 19, 2011
"Diary of a Baby" provides an adorable synopsis of significant developmental leaps that a baby goes through from six weeks until four years of age. Writing from an infant's point of view, Stern takes the reader through a journey of what a baby sees, feels, and experiences. The book is concise at 165 pages, and both easy and fun to read. Stern studied medicine at Harvard University and for more than thirty years worked in research and private practice focusing to the observation of infants. He is also the father of five children, and his personal experiences directly influenced this book. A noted author, professor, researcher, and therapist, Stern weaves together facts derived from infant research, the undeniable importance of emotional bonding as evidenced in the clinic setting, and a creative writing style. The result is a book that gives a quick yet layered understanding of baby at six weeks, four and a half months, twelve months, twenty months, and four years. I teach babies to master their motor skills and found this reading essential, and now I rate this as a "must read" on my parenting blog!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for new parents March 8, 2006
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As a pediatrician, I love this little book and have given it to all my friends when they had their first baby. Dr. Stern is a recognized expert on early childhood development and teaches at Cornell. In this book he has done something quite unusual. He succeeded in weaving the pearls from his academic work into a delightful, readable book that any interested person can enjoy. This book makes it fun to understand your child better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Litterature for becoming parents February 20, 2010
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This book is based on most serious psychological research and reflects the knowledge we at the moment have about how babies percieve and experiences their environment. A book I recommend for all becoming parents, and it ought to be read before the child is borne. It explains how, and why the relational environment is of paramount importance for the psychological developement of all children. Do you want your child to have a psychologically sound developement? Then read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for new parents May 24, 2010
By jkelmo
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I give the book to every new parent or parents to be. It gives them a very easy to read and understandable view, from the baby's perspective, of what's going on developmentally during the first couple years of birth. An excellent read for all parents!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A best guess of how it all works September 1, 2012
By ellison
An engaging read about how a doctor thinks a baby comprehends things. The parents call the little one 'Pumpkin'. Mentions things that done repeatedly help the child learn, such as the sound of the parent's car pulling into the drive let's the child know daddy is home. Mentions the child's comprehension of movement as its eyes follow light dancing along the wall.

Ultimately it is difficult to know the particulars but this gives a thinking person cause to consider their child's future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It would be useful for both graduate students and soon-to-be parents...
This book gives an empiracically supported account of an infants viewpoint. It would be useful for both graduate students and soon-to-be parents to read.
Published 4 months ago by student4ever
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Wasn't all that useful
Published 4 months ago by mindy antolak
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Needed for school, good book
Published 5 months ago by Heather Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy to read and insightful
Published 8 months ago by Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful & self-aware
I read the book as an assignment for a psych course and feel like I have learned valuable information which has helped me to understand myself and my parents much better.
Published 8 months ago by Gadget Fanatic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just what the doctor (professor) ordered
Published 10 months ago by J. Darling
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me relate and understand
This book really helped me relate to the world of my newborn son. I felt that this made me more able to understand his development and improved my interactions with him.
Published 17 months ago by Vegard Farstad
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
Very touching and educational for any mother. I had to buy this for my schooling but I have found that I enjoy this book very much.
Published 18 months ago by aclapper32
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting book.
every thing is Qualified .
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fine book. not too expensive.
psychology book is usually very very expensive.
Published 20 months ago by kook hyejo
5.0 out of 5 stars I Remember
I remember clearly reading this about 20 years ago after my first grandchild was born. I have friends who have a wonderful new son and I bought it for them knowing it will mean a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Techie Grandma
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