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The Joyful Child: for Birth to Three Years (Michael Olaf's Essential Montessori Series) Paperback – Illustrated, May, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: The Michael Olaf Montessori Company, Arcata, California; 2006-2007 edition (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879264021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879264021
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,903,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This publication, updated annually, can be ordered at the publisher's website [...] The text is also available free at that site. It is a lifesaver for parents who may know about the value of natural childbirth and breastfeeding but want to learn everything else in order to help the infant and young child develop to his or her full potential, and be happy!
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I have not yet read this book, but wanted to offer this information.
You can obtain this book through the Michael Olaf Montessori home page. A quote from that page: "The book describes an overview of the philosophy and practice of the Montessori Method for zero to three and a catalog of suggested books and materials for creating exceptional environments for infants, toddlers, and young children at home, and in the preschool and daycare setting."
Softcover, black and white, 8.5" x 11", 61 pages.
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Fair warning: this is a catalog with some text across the top of each page. While the text is interesting and I like having the images of the items right below where they're discussed, I was expecting something else for the cost. You can read the text on the Michael Olaf website for free.
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This is a catalog for a store selling Montessori products. It gives an overview of Montessori principles on each page and advertises products for sale on each page.
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Susan Stephenson's Joyful child catalogue is the best handbook, and the only one parents really need to understand how their young child develops and learns. The materials offered are well chosen for their natural simplicity and most of all for their very real function,and assist the child in his/her development. The information given for each stage of development is practical and realistic; the suggested materials to encourage and support these stages are well chosen.

I highly recommend The Joyful Child as a congratulatory gift on announcement of a pregnancy or as a new baby gift.There is no better time to positively influence the minds who will be guiding the minds of our next generation!

CarolAnn McKinley M.Ed.Dip.Tch. (New Zealand Early Childhood Educator)
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By A Customer on January 13, 2000
This book is incredible. I have seen infants and toddlers, my own and others, become happy and fulfilled from following the advice within these pages. I wish I had known about it earlier.
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Unless you are interested in recieving a toy catalog instead on a paperback.
Toys are great - and expensive - but the item is nothing but advertising.
I contacted the seller after recieving it and she says "it is half book, half brochure". I decided not to return it because I might purchase some stuff.
Amazon should make the seller write a full description of the item.
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I can't believe this is considered a "paperback"!!! This is not a book - it is a catalogue with very little actual information about infant/child development. You would be way better off doing some research about the Montessori method online and skipping this purchase.
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