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Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education Paperback – June 1, 1993
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This is not a scientific book -- it's obviously his opinion that "nurture" is more important than "nature" (i.e. talent is learned not something that you are born with) and there are some things he says that time has proven wrong (the part about the wolf-children for instance which later was revealed as a hoax.) However, I found his story and philosophy very inspiring and with many elements that made a lot of sense.
I highly recommend this book for (and his attitude) for parents (and teachers) whether their kids are taking violin lessons or not.
By way of criticism, while themes of compassion and developing a noble character recur throughout the book, it takes some effort to piece it all together. The book reads like a series of short improvisations on the themes of love and rearing of children. The parts of personal history, for example, with the description of illness, war and Suzuki's father's starting violin manufacturing business, while interesting, do not blend with the rest of the book. A chapter entitled "If you think of something do it" has nothing to do with its title (there is a chapter that talks about people of action in his other book, "Ability development from age zero", which repeats many of the stories verbatim). Some bits of Suzuki's take on life's truths, such as "an unfair advantage leads to evil" sound out of place.
In spite of some shortcomings, I would recommend this book. Not as a practical guide, but as an inspirational material for parents.