"This is one of the most inclusive books on play I have yet read." (Donna C. Williams Adoption Reply Card
“With solid support from research and theory about development and learning, Hughes provides insight into and support for the seminal importance of play in children’s lives.” (Ann Barbour 2009-03-23)
“Quite simply, this is the best text on play and development I have ever read. It was thought provoking while being reader-friendly at the same time. This work is very thorough and would be an excellent text for undergraduate or experienced in-service graduates.” (L. Kathryn Sharp 2009-03-23)
“This book conveys the fundamental importance of play in the lives of children. I feel that professionals in-training need to examine play deeply with a textbook such as this.” (Kimberly M. Ray 2009-03-23)
From the Back Cover
All children play. But many people don't know the importance of play and its relationship to child development. This book offers important research on the topic of play, stressing its significant role in children's lives. This book offers a comprehensive look at children's play from birth to adolescence. Stressing the developmental and psychological importance of play, it discusses the relationship of play to the physical, social, intellectual and emotional growth of the child. Increased attention is paid to educational issues in this edition, and numerous vignettes are included throughout the book to illustrate the value of play. Topics include gender differences in play, intellectual development and play, and play in special populations, amongst others. Early childhood educators and administrators, psychologists, social workers, and university professors.
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