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Book Review

A Place for Play: A Companion Volume to the Michigan Television Film “Where Do the Children Play?”

Elizabeth Goodenough, ed.
Carmel Valley, CA: National Institute for Play, 2008. Notes, illustrations, xvii, 266 pp. $29.95 paper. ISBN: 9780615202822

by Rhonda Clements

First Paragraph:

It is rare to find a collection of selected writings focusing on the topic of children’s play tat can hold a reader’s interest from article to article. After all, the topic is usually embedded in nostalgia and personal reflections, and thetypical reader will likely doze off in a comfortable chair after pondering fond memories of childhood activities. However, A Place for Play is an anthology of articles, research summaries, essays, and poems that blend the works of more than twenty national and international experts into a captivating rationale for restoring and preserving child’s play. The book makes a convincing argument that as society has become more complex, play has also become more regulated and regimented with fewer opportunities for children to interact in a natural setting. This change has strong implications for a child’s normal, healthy development.