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Bright From the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind fromBirth to Age 3 Hardcover – August 2, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (August 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592402852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592402854
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Jill Stamm's Bright from the Start gives parents the most leading-edge approach to maximizing their children's intellectual potential - a powerful advantage in today's competitive world. These are critically important tools that will enhance your child's mind and solidify the parent-child bond. -- David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, Board-Certified Neurologist, Author, Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten

If all newborns could come with an instruction book this would be it. -- Kenneth S. Kosik, M.D., Professor of Neuroscience and Co-Director Neuroscience Research Institute, University of California Santa Barbara

In the tradition of the WHAT TO EXPECT books, BRIGHT FROM THE START gives parents of newborns and toddlers essential information on healthy development. What we are learning today from brain research is amazing, and this book makes that research into a parent-friendly tool. I highly recommend this practical and very important book. -- Michael Gurian, author of Nurture The Nature and The Wonder of Boys

Jill Stamm has synthesized an important set of brain science findings and made them accessible to all those interested in offering children the best of cutting-edge knowledge on what helps a child develop. Every parent should take the opportunity to use these no-hype, down-to-earth, brain-based practical tips that can help make parenting more effective, understandable, and fun. -- Daniel Siegel, MD, Co-Author, Parenting From The Inside Out, Author, The Developing Mind, UCLA School of Medicine

Yes! A baby's and toddler's brain is different from yours or mine. This book is a gem and will help you enrich your child's life and 'nourish' his/her growing brain with the great love and intelligent fun. -- Harvey Karp, MD, author of The Happiest Toddler on the Block

About the Author

Dr. Jill Stamm is the co-founder of New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development and is an associate clinical professor at Arizona State University in Psychology in Education. She is a nationally-known presenter on the subject of early brain development and has spoken before thousands of parents, caregivers, teachers, and policymakers. She knows firsthand how resilient a newborn brain is: her first daughter was born almost four months premature and doctors insisted she would never walk or talk. Stamm dedicated herself to improving her daughter’s life, and 32 years later her daughter is living proof that nearly every baby’s brain has the potential to adapt and flourish given the right attention.

Paula Spencer is the co-author of Dr. Harvey Karp’s bestseller The Happiest Toddler on the Block, author of Momdifence!, and a contributing editor to Parenting, Woman’s Day, and Babytalk.

More About the Author

Dr. Jill Stamm is the co-founder of New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development and is an associate clinical professor at Arizona State University in Psychology in Education. She is a nationally-known presenter on the subject of early brain development and has spoken before thousands of parents, caregivers, teachers, and policymakers. She knows firsthand how resilient a newborn brain is: her first daughter was born almost four months premature and doctors insisted she would never walk or talk. Stamm dedicated herself to improving her daughter's life, and 32 years later her daughter is living proof that nearly every baby's brain has the potential to adapt and flourish given the right attention.

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Very informative and easy to read and approachable.
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Dr Stamm's book helps raise the parent just as much as the child but in a way that is non-judgmental and very understanding of the pressures most of us are under.
A. Doneva
This is an amazing book for any parent and I HIGHLY recommend it!!!
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Rainbird Reader on December 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I work as a children's librarian and sometimes lecture on early childhood literacy. This is my new textbook and parent bible. Having read dozens of similar titles, I can easily say that this one is the best. It is thorough, informative, practical, conversational and true. I learned a number of things about brain development and early learning that I had not come across previously. Dr. Stamm has some especially pointed things to say about TV and computer time for young children. When you read what a typical TV show does to a young brain you will think twice about turning that machine on in the presence of a child. As Dr. Stamm says, what you really need to be a good parent is in the palm of your hand- give them "attention, bonding and communication" as well as time to play, create, dream and explore and you will have a far smarter child than any who are plugged into "educational" products. Dr. Stamm gives scientific reasons that back up what all of us who work with children know..that children learn best by listening to words coming from loving adults, either through talking or reading, by playing and by touching. The children in our country are literally dying to communicate with people who are not on cell phones, using computers or staring at a screen-and their brains are not growing to their potential nor their attention spans when they are presented with one passive entertainment after another. Read this book and be inspired.
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96 of 107 people found the following review helpful By medialint on October 13, 2009
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First of all I must note that I read this book on iKindle (Kindle on the iPhone). I have two comments in regard to this: the first is that all the dashes--which the author used to excess--came across as question marks. This is not the author's fault of course. Her punctuation however is excessive. There is a lot of abuse of the exclamation point! All told?and this may be a quirk in the iPhone kindle?the result is often very unreadable!

Enough about grammar, the important thing is the book content. The author had a premature baby and a normal healthy baby and she shares a lot of her personal experience in this book. These stories are often touching and serve well to contrast the extremes of child development.

I found the exercises and scientific information very beneficial and I agree with most reviewers that this is a valuable book. I also found a lot of product endorsements. In many cases these endorsements seem to be self-serving.

There is also a good amount of information which is controversial or conflicting with advice you'll get from other reputable books and studies.

I think this is an excellent book to read with one or two grains of salt. There is very good advice and very good suggestions for exercises and playtime activities. As a new parent you'll trust your instincts and you'll be right to do so. This is a good source for suggestions but I wouldn't suggest it as a step by step guide to getting your child off to an intellectual head start. Love your child and trust your gut and you won't go wrong. I will use this book as a suggestion box, not a bible.

I am surprised that out of 30 reviews I am the first person not to give it five glowing stars. I do think it's a good book, but I don't think it really deserves five stars.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ricebaby on April 10, 2010
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Great book, but after reading "Smart-wiring your baby's brain" which was published 5 or 6 years before this book, I noticed that it was incredibly similar in content. Bright from the Start does have some additional activity ideas but overall provides much of the same information. I would suggest reading either one of these two books, but not reading both (too redundant).
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Laura Guenthner on February 16, 2009
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I was looking for a very fact-/research-based book with recommendations for the right activities at the right time to stimulate my children's minds. I found this book to be a bit too basic. If you consider yourself to be a pretty vigilant parent, already very engaged and interactive with your kids, then you are probably already covering all of the basics at the heart of this book. I was hoping for a more informative resource that would teach me how and why certain specific activities can boost learning potential - I didn't quite get that from this book. In a visual sense, I am looking for a book that helps me fine-tune their learning - I want to feel like I'm perfecting the top part of the pyramid. This book seems more appropriate if you just want a general understanding of how the things you do every day contribute to your child's development, and need some general ideas for activities. A more interesting book, for me (though geared mostly toward infants) was What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Teacher Momma on April 7, 2009
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This book is an intelligent and interesting read. While giving the scientific evidence of brain development, it nicely mixes very practical, down to earth information. I think all new parents, caregivers, family members, etc... should read this book. Finally a book that gives the scientific evidence of why basic toys are best without all the "educational electronic hype", why we need to turn our televisions off NOW, and fresh ideas of how to engage and bond with your child.
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