Review by Susan Gaissert, The
Jan Hunt is the director of The Natural Child Project,
which promotes attachment parenting, unschooling, and all
kinds of good things for families with children. Jan Hunt is
also a psychologist and an author, as well as an "I Love
Lucy" fan (like me). We "met" on the Internet
because of my Things I Learned From I Love Lucy
posts, and Jan asked me to review her book, A Gift for Baby.
I said I would be honored.
A Gift for Baby is as much a book for parents as it
is for children. Both the text and the illustrations, by Sunny
Rosanbalm, operate on two levels. For babies and young
children, they present a colorful, peaceful home filled with
happy faces and a simple story full of such positive
statements as "I like to stay close to Mommy and
For parents, the beautiful illustrations are examples of
how their home life can look, if they choose attachment
parenting. My favorite picture shows the parents and baby
outside on the lawn, cozy and comfortable, sitting on a
blanket, enjoying the butterflies.
The text is a basic beginner's course in attachment
parenting. From reading this book, one learns that babies
love: being snuggled, nursing, co-sleeping, and being held -
all things that really mean being with their parents.
I won't tell you what baby's gift is, but I will say that
it firmly validates that point!
Last but not least, A Gift for Baby is also Un
Regalo para Bebe; the text appears on each page in both
English and Spanish.
Little ones will love the suspense and repetition, while
parents will feel inspired by the concepts and the sense of
bliss this book provides. A Gift for Baby is a gift for
Note: Need I mention that the only way to read
this book to your baby is while holding him in your lap?