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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Har/Com/Dv edition (October 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740746960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740746963
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 11.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Geddes's photographs of newborns poised on flowers and within sheer, stockinglike sacs have sold more than 15 million books in more than 50 countries; Dion's multi-octave vocal stylings are unmistakable, from the Titanic soundtrack and far beyond. Dion's attempts and eventual success in having a child were well documented on the supermarket racks; Geddes's success has been the stuff of magazine features for years. Thus this 11" × 13" collaboration has something of an inevitable feel to it, sharing its title with Dion's album of lullabies and apostrophes to children (such as John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy"). The book itself contains more than 100 new full-color Geddes photos, a number of which feature Dion (but not her son, Rene Charles, who was born in 2001 and is thus about a thousand days too old for the project) along with various lovely infants of various hues, and others with Geddes's signature newborn-as-a-flower's-center shots. Lyrics from the songs gently float among the images, which, aside from Dion, are familiar looking—and should meet with familiar levels of success.
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"There is nothing you could ever do to make me stop loving you, And every breath I take is always for your sake, You sleep inside my dreams, And know for sure, Who could ever love you more?"

More About the Author

One of the world's most respected photographers, Anne Geddes creates images that are iconic, multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed, and beloved. Like no photographer before, her imagery singularly captures the beauty, purity, vulnerability, and preciousness of children, embodying her deeply held belief that each and every child must be protected, nurtured, and loved.

Anne's work has been published in 83 countries spanning North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Anne's books have sold over 19 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 25 languages. As well as winning numerous awards around the world, Anne's books have regularly appeared across bestseller lists including the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Book Sense, Barnes and Noble, and The New York Times. The latter has especially proved the success of Anne's imagery. The runaway success Down in the Garden featured on the list for three months, and Miracle remained on the list for six weeks.

While Anne is known for her photographic books, she remains on the forefront of the changing publishing industry, fully embracing the digital revolution. Implementing the latest technology in partnership with Apple, Anne has released Apps for the iPhone and iPad, and launched a successful iPad game, Anne Geddes MatchUp™. In September 2011, Beginnings and two of Anne's bestselling books, PURE and Until Now were released as eBooks, followed by Down in the Garden in December 2011; and in April 2012 Anne's classic baby record book, My First Five Years™ was released in digital form on the Mac App Store.

As well as media acclaim Anne has also been honored numerous times by the worldwide photographic community. Anne has been awarded a Lifetime Membership in the Professional Photographers of America Association in 1997, in which she gave the keynote address at the PPA convention. And Anne spoke again at the 2009 convention to a sold out crowd of over 3500 photographers, where she was honored to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently, Anne has been invited to speak again at their upcoming conference in 2014.

Throughout her career Anne has continued to give back. In 1992, Anne with her husband, Kel, founded The Geddes Philanthropic Trust to raise funds and awareness worldwide for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. In 2011, Anne was proud to announce her partnership with the United Nation's Every Woman Every Child initiative, which she hopes will continue to help make the health and welfare of pregnant women, and newborn children, a global priority. Anne attended and spoke at the launch of the Shot@Life campaign in Atlanta, Georgia. An initiative of the United Nations Foundation, Shot@Life aims to provide life saving vaccines to children in the developing world. Anne was announced as the official Global Advocate at the launch, which was also attended by Kathy Calvin, Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation; and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. In order to bring these issues to a wider audience Anne also contributes to The Huffington Post's' Global Motherhood' section.

Anne Geddes' blog, Facebook and Twitter pages bring her fans into her studio and life.

For more information, please visit www.AnneGeddes.com.

Customer Reviews

Makes a great gift.
H. Riley
The combination of Anne Geddes' beautiful photos and Celine Dion's music can't be beat.
Photog
It is such a beautiful and peaceful artistic expression of newborn babies.
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Austin Brown on October 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I must admit, I've never owned a Geddes book before, nor have I looked at them in the past. I bought this wonderful CD/DVD/Book combination purely for the sake of Celine Dion's involvement. If not for her, it would not be on my bookshelf. Yet, I find Celine is only featured in less than 25% of the book, and I still find myself adoring the whole of this confection.
In regards to the CD, in response to the reviewer who cited this as a rehashing of recordings from past Dion releases, it is nothing of the sort. With the exception of Track 8, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", which regretably is the same recording found on the 1999 "All The Way..." compilation, the remainder of the songs found here are exclusive to this release. Believe me, I would know, I have the pleasure to own all Celine's releases in both English and French.
As far as the DVD goes, as a lone release it might seem a bit inadequite, lasting just over 21 minutes, yet as a companion to this magical book, it is utterly perfect, giving the viewer a gracious insite into the collaberation of Anne and Celine which brought forth this work which radiates both of these accomplished, respected ladies' devotion to children, and the Miracle that children are.
In looking at the book itself, there are no words to describe the depth of color, and clear detail, and respect each image has obviously been given. Each of these precious hopes for our future look fully at peace and beautifully positioned in each of the nearly hundred images found in this huge volume. In regards to the pictures featuring Dion, her own maternal instincts and love for these babies seems to radiate from the printed page.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Tyler on October 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love this book not only because my child is featured in it with celine, but because it is so beautiful. Every baby in this book is under 6 weeks old. Completely new in this world, and 100% pure! So beautiful and wonderful. Celine being in this book made it that much more incredible. If you dont own an Anne Geddes book yet I suggest this one as the begining of your collection.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mommy Melissa on November 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have seen the mother's of these babies crying in the making of this book because the photo's were so beautiful and tender. If you think this book is baby abuse then you obiviously have never had a baby. If you did, then you would know that babies cry when they are hurt or uncomfortable. A baby is so peaceful while sleeping, shame on you for thinking otherwise. This CD is so precious it brought tears to my eyes, and I am not even a big Celine fan. Then again I am a mother to a beautiful baby boy so I am the perfect customer for this book. It's just wonderful!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen G. Oleary on December 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought 2 of these books for my daughters, one is pregnant with her first child and the second is planning her family in the next year or so. The babies are so beautiful and perfect. Those who complain about the positions don't realize how flexible newborns are. All the babies are less than a month old and the studio is kept very hot for their comfort. They wouldn't sleep if they were in pain. I love it and recommend it for anyone!
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Freriks on October 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I never bought Anne Geddes' books before, but I always thought her photography was innovative and unprecedented. When I first heard that my favourite singer Céline Dion would start working on a project with Anne Geddes I was not sure what to expect. I don't think any of her fans did. In the meantime I decided to look at some of the previous Geddes books to get the idea but I still couldn't figure out how the whole Dion/Geddes collaboration was supposed to come together.

Then when the book was released I was stunned by the incredible photography. Céline is present in the book, but she rather gives the images a more powerful force than outshining those beautiful newborn babies, which I was afraid of would happen. It underlines again Geddes' artistic talent as a photographer to be able to show us Céline Dion, known as the celebrity and the powerful engergetic singer, as Céline Dion the mother and the strong, beautiful and caring person she is.

The book comes with a CD with new songs all about the miracle of life and children. Produced by David Foster the songs are pure and sincere. Céline's voice never sounded better. And the variety of the songs really surprised me!! Céline's rendition of "Beautiful Boy" originally by John Lennon gives Céline once again another sound.

Then there's the DVD that also comes with the book which gives us a beautiful insight in the making of the book and confirms that, like some people like to claim, are NOT abused but very tenderly and lovingly taking care of by Anne, Céline and their parents. You'll see that the baby's are placed on soft foamed shapes to resemble the shape of the flowers they are later digitally placed in! Everybody claiming those babies are abused should be ashamed of themselves and take their words back! They obviously don't know what they are talking about!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on October 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There are several Miracle formats recently released, but this is THE version I'll be giving to my friends celebrating their first child this holiday. The book and CD make the perfect gift and also the best value when purchased together in this format versus just the CD with the smaller pamphlet. I purchased the CD as well, but was saddened to see the small insert mini-book that came with it. It just didn't provide enough substance for gift-giving and looks cheap in comparison to this package. The book and CD combo shown here offer the best value and the nicest presentation. In fact, I chose to purchase this format for myself!
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