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Book Review

Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School

Edward Miller and Joan Almon
College Park, MD: Alliance for Childhood, 2009. Charts, graphs, endnotes. 71 pp. $12.50 paper. ISBN: 9780982375105

by Jim Johnson

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The Alliance for Childhood is an international, nonprofit advocacy group composed of leaders in education, health, and other fields who care fervently about the well-being and the suffering of our kids today. This new publication seeks to create greater awareness and outcry concerning the demise of play in early-childhood education. The coauthors—both well-known educators, writers, and champions of children—present recent research and identify play culprits in schools and society, and then follow with important and informed suggestions to try to get us back on track to restoring play to its rightful place in our nation’s kindergartens and other early-childhood educational settings.