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03/11/2005

Turns out you can judge a book by its cover

Brazelton Leach
Infants and Mothers: Differences in Development, T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.Your Baby and Child from Birth to Age Five, Penelope Leach
Baby requires support of an adult to standBaby stands proud and free, unpropped and unassisted (unless there's a concealed steel rod somewhere I don't know about)
Baby is modestly clad in sporty rugby onesieBaby performs a ringing indictment of restrictive social norms by going naked and unafraid into the harsh, cold world of the bookstore
Baby betrays unattractive tendency toward homophobia by making a stereotypical gesture of limp-wristedness — perhaps an unkind swipe at the pinky-ringed doctor?Baby signals gang members just outside the frame to come kick that playa-hatin' baby's ass, yo
Advantage: Leach

WhattoexpectHappiestbaby_1
What to Expect the First Year, Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff, and Sandee E. Hathaway, B.S.N.The Happiest Baby on the Block, Harvey Karp, M.D.
Cartoon baby drawn in an awkward perspective that seems to warp the very fabric of spaceReal baby surrounded by an attractive pink aura of health and well-being
Baby's hairdo constitutes an unfortunate throwback to the darkest days of the overmoussed '80s, like mine at presentBaby's hairdo looks an awful lot like mine on its very best day ever
Baby clings to a stuffed bear as if it were a life preserver and he a floundering castaway bobbing in the briny drinkBaby embraces the calm but heightened consciousness brought about by the devoted practice of Iyengar yoga. Also, feet!
Advantage: Karp

SpockSears
Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, 8th Edition, Benjamin Spock, M.D., and Robert Needlman, M.D.The Baby Book, William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears, R.N.
Two babies; a manageable, streamlined number unlikely to alarm a feckless parent-to-beFour babies; a shocking and profligate display of the repellent and uniquely American viewpoint that more is better
Babies touch to show their profound acceptance of each other despite differences in color and cultureBabies are so uncomfortable with the proximity of the Other that they stare determinedly off to the left, unwilling to meet each other's eyes and acknowledge their fundamental equality
Two naked babies' bottoms are adorableFour naked babies' bottoms are downright gratuitous and probably got the photographer thrown in the pokey when he showed up to pick up his pictures at Fotomat
Advantage: Spock


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