Babies Celebrated

Babies Celebrated

by Beatrice Fontanel, Claire D'Harcourt
     
 

From New Guinea to South America, Babies Celebrated travels the globe to reveal how the youngest members of a family live in a wide range of places and cultures.See more details below

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From New Guinea to South America, Babies Celebrated travels the globe to reveal how the youngest members of a family live in a wide range of places and cultures.

Editorial Reviews

Suzanne MacNeille
Infants...are the 'tyrant kings' of most cultures, and some 200 color photographs in this glossy volume prove his point well. -- The New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
Don't let the title mislead you. This is not another gathering of cute baby photographs. It is instead a stunning visual survey of the ways in which babies in traditional cultures (in the Americas, Asia, and Africa, primarily) are fed, dressed, carried, and treated. Fontanel and d'Harcourt (who also collaborated on Babies: History, Art and Folklore) provide informed, sympathetic captions to extraordinary photographs depicting such things as babies being ritually massaged; wrapped in swaddling cloths; adorned with pigments and dressed in often brilliantly colored ritual clothes to bring good fortune; carried, in baskets, net bags, and slings, on backs and in the arms of siblings or parents; and fed. Several points are inescapable: in traditional cultures, babies go where their parents go-to the fields, to market, on visits. They are present almost from birth in the essential routines of these cultures. And in more traditional cultures babies are more immediately and closely integrated into society, with a greater variety of family and friends assuming some responsibility for care and protection. The range of cultures depicted (from the Kayapo of the Amazon to nomads in Tibet) is wide, and the photographs sharp, brilliant, and fascinating.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810940123
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.52(h) x 1.01(d)

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