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When did your baby first smile? Or sit, or walk? Little achievements like these, if not recorded at the time, will soon be just vague memories. This book provides a perfect way to keep the fleeting details in one place, together with important information such as vaccinations and illnesses. Illustrated with Kate Greenaway's beautiful vignettes of early childhood, and sprinkled with sparkly stars, the book has space for photographs, mementos and personal notes. It will build up into a valuable record of your child's growth and development, from birth right through to the first term at school.
Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) was one of the most popular British book illustrators of the Victorian era. A contemporary of Randolph Caldecott and Walter Crane, she attracted a wide audience in the United States and England, and many of her books were even translated into German and French. One of Greenaway's early successes was Mother Goose , or the Old Nursery Rhymes , first published in 1881, featuring such favorite poems as Little Jack Horner, Little Bo Peep, and Jack and Jill paired with whimsical illustrations of children playing in an idyllic countryside. Her enchanting watercolors evoked the urban Victorian reader's nostalgia for the rural life of earlier times and echoed Greenaway's own longing to retreat to a more tranquil setting than her native London. This new edition of Kate Greenaway's Mother Goose reproduces illustrations from the rare 1881 edition in the Huntington Library's collections. The Huntington owns an extensive collection of books illustrated by Greenaway, several of her manuscripts, and nearly one hundred of her original drawings.
A baby's first year is full of landmarks: the first smile, first bath, first photograph, first toy, first full night's sleep, first crawl, first wave, first steps, first tooth, first word - a record list of firsts. The Kate Greenaway First Year Baby Book has been designed so that parents can record these little achievements as they happen, from the day of the birth through to the first birthday. It contains checklists which help parents monitor their child's progress, with spaces to record immunizations as well as physical and behavioural developments such as the first unsupported sit or the child's first response to its own name.
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