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This book is seriously outdated
on July 24, 2013
I have both the pre-2003 revision in paperback and a revised Kindle edition of this book. The attempted update (at least in Kindle format) is seriously deficient in keeping up with the times. The formatting itself is inconsistent and poorly done. There was at least one sentence that ended in mid-air; I'm not sure where the remainder of the thought went, but something went wrong in the formatting. The spacing also moves around oddly and some parts are right-justified inexplicably. In attempting to bring the book up to 21st-century standards, the revision falls incredibly far short. For instance, there is still a sentence that says something like, "For the child lucky enough to have a computer in their home..." For real? I know 5-year-olds who have their own iPad.
I did not finish reading this book. In fact, I couldn't get much past the Introduction. I don't know if there's a gold-mine of great ideas in the remainder of the book because the earliest part of the book is so far out of step with the needs of parents today and what writing avenues are sensible for kids of today. I'm also skeptical that the author has any idea that some kids don't gravitate towards writing just because you had them help make grocery lists when they were 5. Some kids appear to have the genetic information from their father, say, who cannot write (handwriting), spell or compose in a legible, grammatically correct way, rather than having the genetic information of their mother, who wrote stories and poems at 11 years old. Just for a hypothetical, example.
It's unfortunate; I really wanted this book to be useful to me. The only reason I give it 2 stars and not 1 is because I didn't read the whole book, so perhaps it gets better later on.