Staff Choice

Staff Choice

August 01, 2004|By Annie Linskey

Crib Notes: A Random Reference for the Modern Parent, by Amy Maniatis and Elizabeth Weil. Chronicle Books. 144 pages. $12.95.

This volume includes random and reckless facts that proper, respectable and important-looking parenting books don't bother with. But let's face it, who hasn't wondered at one time or another if her baby is the next incarnation of the Dalai Lama? (Hint: If your new babe has "a mark the shape of a conch shell on the palm of one hand," consider a trip to Tibet). Or, if the only song lyrics you know are by Eminem, it might be worth brushing up on the words to classic lullabies (starting on page 106). Maniatis and Weil -- both mothers -- packed the book with the kind of funky, fascinating tidbits that you'll want to immediately share with your partner, your mom or your best friend. Be warned: This is not good material for those serious-minded new parents who take their baby monitors everywhere. They've got enough to worry about.

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