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A Baby Book for You (Boston Museum of Fine Arts) Spiral-bound – April 1, 1996

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has a large collection of illustrated books that includes many children's volumes from the turn of the century.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821222821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821222829
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This book is everything a baby book should be: beautifully illustrated, perfect in size and design (the pages are fastened in a multi-ringed binder), and full of wonderful categories. Unlike some books, which focus on the mother's memories and call upon her to speak for the father, this publication permits both parents to share their thoughts with their child. Finally, the cover is simple, and contains no author's name (just like an old-fashioned baby book). After all, aren't the authors who are important for such a book the parents and child?
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Format: Spiral-bound
As I was perusing the bookstore looking for the perfect baby book, I had in mind the type of book my mother had bought for me 33 years ago. As soon as I flipped through this book, I knew it was the one. The pictures, typeset, and nursery rhymes give the book an antique feel but the covered, three-ring binder feature makes it easy to use.
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By A Customer on September 2, 2002
Format: Spiral-bound
The Boston MFA Baby Book is a classy one. It is appropriate for children without being mawkish, has a space for each accomplishment I wanted to record, and even considers adopted children. If you are tired of the cartoon-themed books I would purchase this one; exactly what I wanted.
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After reading the great reviews, I decided to purchase this record book for my 3rd child, a girl. I was disappointed when I received it for a few reasons. For one, the packaging was terrible and it is really rainy right now. The book got damp and all of the pages are "wavy" now. Secondly, the pages are all shiny, so when you try and write with a pen, you have to let it dry forever before you can close the book or it transfers to the other pages. Not conducive to writing information at all when you have to let each page dry before you can go on to the next. Thirdly, there are absolutely no pockets to put in locks of hair, the hospital bracelets or other memorabilia that you cant just glue to a page. Oh, and there is no space anyplace for footprints - and even if there were, the page material is slippery. The basics of the book are nice, the details are cute but not over the top - but this just isnt what I had in mind for quality.
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This book was so fun for me as a first-time mother. The illustrations are gorgeous and classic and the poetry was beautiful - made me cry! My little boy is now 3 and I just realized we still have 2 more years of this book left. I will be sad when it's over. I highly recommend this! I was even going to buy it for my current pregnancy, but thought maybe I should start anew for the new baby (although I can't imagine finding a better baby book).
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By Mea on August 12, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This baby book is so weird! As far as categories and writing prompts, it was fantastic. I loved how thoughtful and diverse the spaces for personal tidbits were and I really wanted to use it as a baby book. The problem was that I couldn't get over how haphazard and awkward the illustration selections were. While all of the illustrations were attractive and well done, they made no sense sometimes. Some of them look like producers of this book got together with a few bottles of wine and flipped through clip art books, getting drunker and gigglier as the night went on, and called the resulting hot mess a total success. Sometimes it's just that there's one style or theme of illustrations on one page and the page opposing it is a totally different theme or style and it clashes. Other times they've actually 'shopped together totally different illustrations in totally different artistic styles to make one complete illustration. Because the book is fairly stark and white, it really relies on the illustrations to brighten the content. So why they chose such odd pictures is beyond me. It was so distracting that I spent more time showing the book to my family and laughing at the "What were they thinking??" kinds of combinations than I did actually filling the book out until I gave up and decided to go find a different book to use. I mean, it's not hideous or anything... it's just confusing. Like... Swedish simplicity on one page and Victorian clutter on the next.

I decided to jot my answers to their prompts into the book as a sort of rough draft to keep track of the information as my pregnancy progressed and then planned to transfer them into a journal or transpose them with new fonts and illustrations into scrapbook pages that are better suited to my personal taste.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Love this baby book- It is very simple with vintage art work. It works based on milestones, and not necessarily in chronological order. It allows for photos and provides great options. It does not allow for any other option except mother/father though- so we did have to cross out and change some sections.
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This review is solely a matter of personal taste as I was debating on this book or Humble Bumble's. The other reviews led me to believe this book had plenty of poems and nice illustration, however, I disagree. Again, it totally serves its purpose for the relevant memories and not bogging one down with tons of writing. It would be very easy to keep up with and had a soft, earth-tone, classy design. I was simply looking for something brighter and more colorful and also needed a few pockets for storing keepsakes, which this one does not have. I ended up returning it and ordering Humble Bumbles which has bright colors (not overbearing), photo frames, plenty of pockets, and very busy-parent friendly. I felt the use of lines from well-known nursery rhymes in A Baby Book for You did not qualify as meaningful poetry and the illustrations were dull and a bit boring. Humble Bumble's has cute pictures, nice rhymes baby will also eventually enjoy, and touching quotes on every page. For those of you who do not like bright colors, do not need a lot of storage space, and don't have a lot of time on your hands, you may really like A Baby Book for You.
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