To Play or Not to Play: Is It Really a Question?
Christine Jeandheur Ferguson and Ernest Dettore, Jr., eds.
Olney, MD: Association for Childhood Education International, 2007. References, diagrams, photographs, tables. 101 pp. $18.50 paper. ISBN: 9780871731708
When you read this slender volume, the wonderful compendium of play-dense information contained between its covers erases the question posed by its title. The book makes a good case for the rewards of play and the necessity for its inclusion in our lives, with a major emphasis on children and the contributions of play to their learning and well-being. The data provided documents the urgency with which we need to reverse social trends that decrease access to the many benefits of play.