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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Willow Creek Press (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595432434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595432438
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With all the parenting books out there, one women found a way to write about babies without doling out the usual advice about sleep schedules and breast feeding."

(Ashland Daily Tidings )

About the Author


Now James and his wife, Jennifer Margulis, have three kids…so far. Jennifer Margulis has eaten fried crickets in Niger, performed the cancan in America, and appeared on prime-time television in France.

Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Military History Quarterly, Wondertime Magazine, and dozens of other national and local magazines and newspapers.

An award-winning writer and former Fulbright Scholar, she lives in Ashland, Oregon with her husband and three children.

To view James and Jennifer's blog on this, and other books click here. 

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A great shower gift, or a birth gift for an older sibling.
Lynn M. Siprelle
I got this when my baby was almost one...probably because I didn't have time to read it before then!
Toffee
The book is written in a humorous way, but it is still informative.
Tertia Albertyn

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 28, 2006
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Full disclosure: I am a new parent. And, despite the volumes of information from books and advice from other parents, I have found the experience to be often baffling. (And I consider myself to be educated and reasonably intelligent.)

Perhaps it is the avalanche of information and advice under which I've been suffocating that makes this book so pleasant. The pictures are appropriate and cute (though none of these babies are as cute as my daughter) and the brief answers to questions like "why do some newborns open only one eye at a time, cross their eyes, or roll their eyes back" (all of which my daughter does) offer jolts of relief when needed.

OK, this book is no Dr. Spock or What to Expect in the First Year; still, it's a fun little book that I've found offers relief when your child really does seem a cipher.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ann Douglas on November 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Jennifer Margulis has written a gorgeous gift book about babies. Each section of the book focuses on a particular aspect of infant behavior that may be puzzling to new parents -- e.g. why babies have such erratic sleep patterns, why they have to eat so often, why they say "dada" before "mama," and so on. The book would make a great gift for new parents, a school-aged older sibling of a new baby, or a doting grandparent. Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tertia Albertyn on April 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the perfect baby shower gift idea. An absolutely divine book; each page is dedicated to explaining a baffling baby behavior, beautifully illustrated with stunning photos.

The book is written in a humorous way, but it is still informative. Besides having a good giggle at the odd things babies do, you actually learn.

It is such a nice baby shower gift, unusual and also so useful.

But the best bit....Once you've finished reading and you've learnt what you need to know, it makes a perfect book to `read' to your baby, because as you know, babies LOVE looking at pictures of other babies.

I loved this book. Such a lovely, sunny, funny, cute book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kris Bordessa on June 29, 2006
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I always lamented the fact that babies don't come with operating instructions. I knew What to Expect When I was Expecting, but not after. With little baby experience, and even less baby BOY experience, when my babies were born I was forced to trust my instincts and absorbed advice from friends, hoping that I was somewhere in the ballpark of "doing it right". And now, here's exactly the book that would have helped.

The book is beautifully done and answers mysterious questions like WHY baby sucks her thumb, or bangs her head or plays with her poop. Each page of text is balanced by a photograph of a beautiful baby - some featuring acne, even, when we're wondering Why Babies Have Acne. This is a great book for parents of young babies - I've already given it as a baby shower gift to great reviews.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jody Mace on December 10, 2005
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Baby behavior is definitely baffling. When I was a first time parent I often looked at the mysterious little person sharing my life and wondered...why? Why is peek-a-boo so endlessly fascinating? Why does she fall apart if I leave the room even for a moment. I wish I had had this book then, because a lot of my questions are answered in it. Jennifer Margulis's voice is warm, knowledgeable, and personal. New parents will be reassured that the strange things that their babies do are not only normal, but important and meaningful. The photographs are both sweet and honest.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By susan selfridge on November 1, 2005
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We are used to seeing babies do the quirkiest things; like drool and go bald and smile for no apparent reason. But, WHY? Funny and factual, "Why Do Babies Do That" addresses these rarely questioned, widely accepted strange little behaviors with scientifically fascinating answers and comforting quips each with an awwww-striking photograph of the precious little creatures we love (and once were) - BABIES. Delightful, great stocking stuffer.

Susan Buscaglia
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynn M. Siprelle on October 30, 2005
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Ever wonder why babies drool? Or why they just won't go to sleep? Or why they grab onto your finger with a grip of iron? Or why they're so dang cute? Jennifer Margulis has the answers for you in this little coffee table book filled with solid answers and the cutest dang babies. A great shower gift, or a birth gift for an older sibling.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Toffee on May 29, 2006
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I got this after reading about it on a blog. The pictures are great and I love reading about why babies do that. I think this would be a great shower gift. I got this when my baby was almost one...probably because I didn't have time to read it before then!
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