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“This book deserves careful reading, for the author's views are as relevant (and revolutionary) now as when they were first proposed.” ―New York Times Book Review

“Startling insights...she is an inspiring teacher . . . educators of all persuasions will find her book alive with ideas.” ―Library Journal

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805041567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805041569
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been working in and studying Montessori for nearly twenty years. I recently purchased a new copy of The Absorbent Mind, this one with the chalkboard on front. This book is incomplete (from missing pages to an entire chapter), does not use Dr. Montessori's words and on many occasions distorts the actual meaning of the concepts discussed. I would strongly recommend investing in a different version.
The book Dr. Montessori wrote is a very different experience than this one represents. If you are interested in the book seek out a different edition consider one with a forward by John Chattin - McNicholes. The Absorbent Mind [ABSORBENT MIND] [Paperback]
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This is Montessori's last book, and the most in-depth discussion of her theory based on decades of scientific observation of children. It discusses the special mind of the child, and how nurturing the special potentialities that only children have is the only way to change (and save) humanity. Montessori's theories are particularly interesting today in light of recent neurological discoveries, especially those related to critical periods and language.
This is a very dense book, and requires a good deal of concentration and time to read. I would recommmend The Child in the Family as the first book for one wanting an overview of Montessori ideas.
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This is NOT THE ABSORBENT MIND but a boot leg copy full of typos, missing illustrations, and even 40+ pages missing from the actual copy. I am attaining a Montessori certification and was often confused reading this book wondering what other class mates were talking about in a discussion until I realized that this was not the actual book. It is Dr Montessori's words but incomplete. There is not even a copywright date anywhere in the book. The chapters have different page numbers, chapter names, missing illustrations, and figures from the actual translations of Dr Montessori. The typos in the book are weird such as an occasional $ placed in a word. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!

In the description of this book they even state the the book you are able to search in is not the actual book you receive, and they state that the book showed is by another publishing company but what you buy is their book.......TOTALLY FALSE ADVERTISEMENT....... this kind of thing really makes me mad...... I have never given anyone a bad review but this is a SHAME to the Dr Maria Montessori name.
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The Absorbent Mind [ABSORBENT MIND] [Paperback]
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I returned this version (the print-on-demand version) because the translation was utterly unreadable and the design was atrocious. It read as if these "publishers" simply applied Google translate to Montessori's classic text, which is in public domain at this time, and fed it into a print on demand computer. Truly disappointing. Buy the real version. I wish Amazon would stop selling this version.
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I first read The Absorbant Mind" in 1969, It changed the way I raised my children, how I valued their "work" of being children, and how I now work with the mentally ill. I find myself often reviewing the concept that all people really do the best they can, and that using her respect of others, and her method,of going from concrete to abstract concepts is a useful baseline. Dr. Montessori never wasted words in this book, I had to concentrate on each sentance, or I'd miss something. I thank my sister, a Montessori teacher, for introducing it to me, she is Joanna Taylor, who taught for 3o years in SLC.
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The first half of this book is not for the general lay-person, or someone looking for a quick overview of the Montessori Method. Granted, the text was translated from Italian into English, and may have something to do with readability, but I found it dry and pedantic, and almost gave up reading. The second half of the book is a little easier to read and filled my need (a general idea of what Montessori was all about, and help deciding if this was something I wanted to pursue for my child). While this book is not very specific in how she applied her method, the second half did give me an idea about what she believed in and advocated. Some of her statements seem outdated, and when you realize that her research was conducted in the early 1900's, and she's writing about schools during the period between our two World Wars, it's easier to take some of her statements in context. It also makes me wonder whether subsequent research may have rendered some of her findings obsolete.
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Comparing it to the 1995 First Owl Books Edition (Henry Holt), this 2009 BN Publishing edition presents itself rather poor and stripped down. The Edition Notice is minimal, doesn't even show the ISBN number or year of print. There is no foreword, no identification of the translator, let alone a Translator's Note. The body matter itself is abbreviated. I was so disappointed that I disconsidered this new purchase and ordered another copy of the 1995 edition from a used book seller.
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There are only two versions that are complete and accurate for Dr. Montessori's work. The edition from Owl Books (Henry Holt and Company) and the Clio Series. They are full versions and translated keeping in tact the meaning of Dr. Montessori's words.

The cover picture show next to the stars for this review (a young child jumping) is NOT a full, complete and accurate version. BN Publishing, Wilder Publications and other print on demand versions that are around $10.00 (US) are misleading and incomplete, missing portions of chapters and even full chapters.

DO NOT waste your money on those editions. Buy the real thing and enjoy the journey into authentic Montessori. Well worth the extra time and investment.
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