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Book Review

Playing for Keeps: Life and Learning on a Public School Playground

Deborah Meier, Brenda S. Engel, and Beth Taylor
New York: Teachers College Press, 2010. Contents, images, appendix, references, index. 127 pp. $19.95 paper. ISBN: 9780807750957

by Anna R. Beresin

First Paragraph:

This charming book describes the wistful imaginings, inventive games, and general good humor in an unusual public school in Boston. Written by the school’s founders and staff, it is a love letter to an institution and a Whitmanesque account of the play worlds of the elementary-school children as witnessed by their teachers. Playing for Keeps reads like a series of brief but thoughtful journal entries, and its fault lies only in their brevity.