New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1963. First edition. Octavo, original pink cloth, original dust jacket. About-fine. Item #734
"LIFE IS A GREAT GIFT, AND THE WAY IT IS PASSED ON FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION IS ONE OF THE GREATEST OF GOD'S MIRACLES" First edition of this illustrated book on the cycle of life, which tells pre-teens "how parents marry, have children, and how these children grow up to become boys and girls like you." Dr. Robert Odenwald was a longtime practicing psychiatrist and the former director of the Child Center at the Catholic University of America but perhaps most well-known as the co-author of Psychiatry and Catholicism (with Fr. James H. Van der Veldt, 1952). Designed for children ages 9-12, How You Were Born is the companion volume to How God Made You (ages 6-9). Odenwald's story focuses on a family: John and Margaret and their children, Timothy and Katherine. Mary Reed Newland prepared an illustrated dust jacket, title page, two full-page plates, and numerous vignettes in the text. Approbations, including the Imprimatur of Francis Cardinal Spellman (dated "New York: December 5, 1962").