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Your Birthday Book: A Keepsake Journal Hardcover-spiral – October 2, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; Spi edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307342301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307342300
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 9.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things. Some things she likes to make:

Children's books.
Grown-up books.
Short videos.
Speeches.
Salads.
Connections with the universe.
Something out of nothing.
Wishes.

According to The New York Times, Amy's award-winning children's books "radiate fun the way tulips radiate spring: they are elegant and spirit-lifting."

Her 20+ books for children include EXCLAMATION MARK, LITTLE PEA, SPOON, CHOPSTICKS, DUCK!RABBIT! and PLANT A KISS.

As for her adult work, Amazon named ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AN ORDINARY LIFE one of the top 10 memoirs of the decade. She is also the creator of a specialty line of keepsake journals.

Her viral videos include THE BECKONING OF LOVELY, THE KINDNESS THOUGHT BUBBLE, and THE MONEY TREE. You can also find the videos of her three TEDx talks online.

In the summer of 2013, she embarked on a year-long project to create and launch a new website every Wednesday (awebsiteaweek.weebly.com)

A longtime contributor to public radio, Amy lives in Chicago with her husband and children. She lives digitally at whoisamy.com.

Customer Reviews

Just imagine if we had something like this from our grandparents!
L. M. Fine
This a fun, simple way to keep your child's birthday memories in one place.
K. Logterman
I bought this book for my daughter's first birthday and it is so adorable!
Joei O.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jenn Bo on June 2, 2012
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This book is perfect for me! I am not interested in scrapbooking, but have a little mommy guilt about not putting together something cute and fun for my daughter to have when she is older. If 7 year-old-girls compare scrapbooks, my daughter is destined to wonder why her momma didn't deliver a scrapbook.

Book description: This book has fill in the blank and short essay questions for each year. The questions are sure to create lots of memories for you as a parent. The book is intended to cover years 1-18 and there is a final page for parents to write a note to end the book.

Types of pages:
Photo pages - you'll need something to attach the pictures (like double stick tape
Birthday pages - one page for each birthday with questions for parent to answer about the day of birthday
Interview pages - once your baby can communicate, these Q&A pages will create fun moments for parent-child.
Time Capsule pockets - with suggestions of what to put in the pocket
Bonus pages - fun activity pages which can capture your child's imagination or perception of the world

Nice features:
Spiral binding - If I add keepsakes, the binding will open to accommodate.
Elastic strap - To keep the book closed
Quality paper - Nice paper - ink won't bleed through
Gender neutral colors - orange / green / white (think pumpkin and forest green)

Something that might not be for everyone:
On some of the interviews, there is a question of "what are your thoughts about God". This might bother some people, but I think it could be an interesting question even if you are not raising your child with a belief in God - they are bound to have friends who talk about church, God, etc. - so this is an opportunity to have a discussion about that topic.

Something that might bother general consumers:
There is definitely an ink (or paper) odor; I expect the odor will dissipate over time.
The book is made in China.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By D. Sanders on February 14, 2008
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I ordered this for my son who just turned 9. I have had great intentions of grand scrapbooks, but they have never happened. This was perfect for my needs, I just wish I had know about it earlier. Spots for a few pictures, pockets for small keepsakes, and great questions, as well as "interactive" projects for the kids to represent their point of view. A quick, fun way to capture the previous year and celebrations of their birthday. I have just ordered 2 more to give as gifts to friends with very young children.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Munich Girl on March 26, 2008
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This is the perfect gift for your friend and thei child's first birthday! The book is organized with one section per year from 1 to 18 years. There is pocket with an idea list of what to collect for every year, as well as a place for the parent to record and to interview their child. After 18 years the parent writes one more note and presents their baby, who is all grown up now, with a time capsule of their life. How cool is that!? My baby is due next month and I can't wait to start filling the pages! Unlike the baby book that records the first year, this one gives you 18 YEARS of memories!!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Joei O. on May 25, 2008
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I bought this book for my daughter's first birthday and it is so adorable! It is cute, but not overly cutesy. It would be great for a boy or girl. There are really interesting questions to ask your child as she grows from toddler to an adult! Love it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aria Carlisle on May 11, 2013
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After using this book for going on five years now, I have one tiny complaint: the binding blows. It's just not big enough. It should be so much larger.

The questions/interviews/spots for photographs are all wonderful. The concept of pockets to hold cards/art work is great. I have never once stuffed a folder so thick I couldn't seal it the way it's designed. So why is my book already looking ready to burst its bindings? I'm trying to figure out a way to transfer it to a D-ring binder... but haven't quite figured out how to do it without just destroying the book.

This makes me sad because I'm afraid to add anything - and he's so young! This book is supposed to go to 18! And because I don't like people flipping through it - the whole point of the thing, really, because I'm afraid they'll rip out a page or something. I will try to get a photo up soon to show.

Love it, but sad about the pockets.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kalumu on February 15, 2013
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I like the idea of the book. The big pages with questions to complete, and the pockets that you can use to store tiny memorabilia. What I don't like is the fact that the author's name is all over the book and in very big print. This takes away from it feeling like an intimate journal to me.
The questions are very specific and there is no space to create your own questions and adjust to your child. Also, this book should be categorized as Christian or religious as there are religious questions in it. And some of the questions are just boring. Overall a nice idea but doesn't work for me. Too much information about the author, title page, how to use the book; no room to create your own questions. Overall, disappointing. Will not use (although I'm stuck with it now- I completed a page) and would not purchase again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heather on April 22, 2010
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I came across this book last year when my daughter was turning 1. It sounded like a cute idea, so I decided to order a copy. I've since purchased about dozen more copies and have given them out as birthday presents. Everyone loves the book and several friends have purchased additional copies for older siblings. The book isn't gender specific, so it works well for both boys and girls. It provides you with the opportunity to record memories of your child annually for 18 years. From toddler hood to young adulthood this book provides space for you to post photos, ask interview questions and preserve birthday invitations and other keepsakes in the Time Capsule.

Each year has its own page of question to answer about your child's big day. Sample questions are:

"Your very first birthday cake ever was...................."

"Family and friends who were there to celebrate with you include........................."

"The highlight of the party was......................"

"Your favorite gift was..................."

"Your noisiest gift was.................."

"Your guests received a goody bag filled with....................."

"Funny thing you said recently....................."

Once your child is 3 years old there is an Exclusive Interview section for each year. Sample questions are:

"What makes you really really happy?"

"Are you scared of anything?"

"What do you think you'd like to be when you grow up?"

There is also a Time Capsule section for you to tuck away keepsakes like invitations, tracing of your child's hand, artwork, newspaper clippings, report cards, birthday wish lists, etc.

If you're looking for a simple quick way to record your child's memories over the years you won't be disappointed with this book. I can't recommend it enough and I am sure that I'll be buying at least another dozen copies of this book in the future.
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