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Childhood Revealed: Art Expressing Pain, Discovery & Hope Hardcover – November 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810941015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810941014
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Koplewicz and Goodman (New York Sch. of Medicine) have put together a beautiful and haunting coffee-table (or doctor's-waiting-room) book of artwork about childhood trauma. Produced as part of the NYU Child Study Center's "efforts to educate the public so the parents will be better able to identify and accept when their child has a mental disorder," this book, which accompanies a traveling exhibition, displays--in full color and on heavy paper--103 pieces of artwork gathered from a cross-section of therapists and educators. Some of these pictures are captioned and explained by the children, ages four through 18, who created them. Included is an excellent overview by Margery Rosen succinctly describing some of the mental-health crises that challenge so many of the nation's children. Not a work of criticism or even interpretation, this book offers pictures expressing each child's innermost experiences in symbols other than words and speak for themselves. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
-Margaret Cardwell, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This moving and enlightening book provides a window into the worlds of children with emotional, mental, or physical problems. Created by the prestigious New York University Child Study Center, a leading American institution dedicated to advancing research and clinical care for children, the book is part of a major initiative to increase public awareness about the care that an estimated one in eight children so desperately need. More than 100 artworks by children ages 4-18 reflect the process of coping with such problems as depression, divorce, eating disorders, psychosis, learning differences, physical illness, and abuse. Experts provide the most current, practical information on treatment and prognosis for the various disorders, while words from the children themselves shed additional light on this subject of grave national concern. 103 illustrations in full color, 811/2 x 1111/2" Promotion: Exhibitions of the children's art will be mounted in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D., is director of the NYU Child Study Center and the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. He is also professor of clinical psychiatry and pediatrics and vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. He lives in New York City. Robin F. Goodman, Ph.D., is clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and a national expert on the interface of psychiatric illness and physical illness in children. Goodman lives in New York City. Margery D. Rosen is a writer who contributes to a number of national magazines. Katie Couric is the well-known co-anchor of NBC's Today show.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By a father from long island on November 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When I first saw Childhood Revealed, I was amazed at the wonderful artwork. But, then I read some of the descriptions with the pieces, realized who had made the art, and was very moved. So many of us take our health for granted - but, even more so, I think we take the mental health of our children for granted. I feel so lucky that my own two children do not suffer like those in the book. But, sharing this book with them created an opportunity to talk about the problems that some children, even their own classmates have. I learned a lot from Dr. Koplewicz's first book, "It's Nobody's Fault." This one helps bring a unique personal insight into the lives of these very special children.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A mother on November 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book shows us that children have astonishing powers to communicate their innermost experiences. It is a privilege to view this glimpse into children's lives. Anyone who reads this book -- and anyone who has ever had contact with a child should read this book -- will be filled with profound respect for the honesty and dignity of children as they struggle with life challenges. Despite the focus on children with mental health problems, this book is not gloomy or depressing -- in fact, it is inspiring to see how much hope shines through. I am still moved to tears every time I read this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on November 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Having scored with his well-presented previous book "It's Nobody's Fault",Dr. Koplewicz, his collegues and a few famous friends are back with a moving and powerful book of art and expression that deserves to be displayed on any coffee table. With thoughtful insight on the topic of mental health coming from notables such as NBC's Katie Couric and Whoopi Goldberg, to the average teenager who has expressed his or her pain and thoughts through art, the book presents their story in a tastefull collection. The meaning behind this book paints a picture that should should not go unnoticed-the treatment of mental health among our youth. Pick up this book for just one moment, and you are sure to be moved.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Through art, the reader learns and experiences aspects of mental illness. The young artists give great insight into their pain yet the overall message is hope. Outstanding effort by all.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A child psychiatrist in the midwest on November 17, 1999
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As a child psychiatrist, I struggle on a daily basis to gain access to the psychological lives of the young patients I treat. Childhood Revealed offered me the unique opportunity to share in the emotional experiences of the courageous children who contributed their surprisingly honest words and remarkably beautiful artwork. I would recommend this inspirational book to anyone who is curious about the inner lives of children, as well as to anyone who is interested in how mental illness impacts child development, self-image, and self-esteem.
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This was given as a gift but HIGHLY recommended by a art/play therapist whom herself was HIGHLY recommended... hear that the cases noted in this book will amaze.
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