Dorothy Whipple has succeeded in conveying to the reader her own obvious love for child and mother. She is an understanding friend of both members of this important pair and a biologist and pediatrician as well. Her description of growth begins with conception and ends with adolescence, encompassing genetics, embryology, nutrition, physiology, anthropology, psychology, psychiatry, and sociology. Most of the many photographs were taken by the author herself; they range from the snotty nose of the young child to a shot of adolescents raiding the family icebox and from the first tentative smile (merging into a belly laugh) to a temper tantrum. There are drawings of the embryo and graphs of changes in height and weight. There is useful reading here for the medical student and nurse, and delightful reading for the distracted mother (who needs support) and for grandparents (who have struggled to the painless position of grandchild watching).