- Series: Books a la Carte
- Loose Leaf: 648 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (August 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0205775381
- ISBN-13: 978-0205775385
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.1 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,414,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
I must emphasize that the book is incredibly well-written. I do not fancy myself having children, and generally don't think about what children think about, but this text made all of its points fairly interesting. Even the more rote information on theory is kept engaging by placing key points in figures or tables alongside the text.
One thing that struck me was the difficulty in understanding who the author was communicating to. The tone of the text was not towards undergraduate students, who would be the majority of people reading it. Instead, it almost feels extended to the concerned parent, which is weird. Even if a parent were wildly interested in how their child was developing, this text is hardly one I would recommend for someone asking for advice on child development. There's just too much information and experimental evidence for presented points for that audience to be relevant.
Finally, this is the first unbound book I've bought (the version you may buy may be bound), but I do not see the point of this publishing trick. I guess the logic is that by not binding the pages, the publisher saves money and therefore sells the book a little cheaper.Read more ›