Picks and Pans Review: Listen to My Heart: Lessons in Love, Laughter and Lunacy

updated 05/15/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/15/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Kathie Lee and Cody Gifford

Not every 5-year-old can write his own book, but in this case, Cody Gifford's mom helped. Most of America is acquainted with Cody from the stories Kathie Lee shares on her popular morning TV show, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. This slim volume recounts their memorable moments together: Kathie Lee explaining why it rains, Cody wondering where babies come from, the two deciding to send money to feed Rwandan refugees (Cody wants to share his grilled-cheese sandwich).

Cynics may snort, but Kathie Lee brings to these vignettes the same vigor that has endeared her to millions of TV viewers. Plus, she appreciates the humor of young children, as when Cody declares that the best thing about heaven is that nobody makes you go to bed early. And she's never afraid to show herself at a loss as a parent. When former President Gerald Ford and his First Lady Betty visited the Giffords, Kathie Lee confesses, she didn't know what to do when her toxic-smelling young son marched into the living room and announced, "I have diarrhea."

Luckily the Fords laughed, and so did Kathie Lee. In this book, as she does on TV, she charms her audience with self-deprecating humor. (Hyperion, $12.95)

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