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
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From the Publisher
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.