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Book Review

The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It

Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen
Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2010. Preface, illustrations, notes, references. 190 pp. $14.95 paper. ISBN: 9781594744877

Big Body Play: Why Boisterous, Vigorous, and Very Physical Play Is Essential to Children’s Development and Learning

Frances M.Carlson
Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2011. Introduction, illustrations, appendices, references. 103 pp. $20.00. ISBN: 9781928896715

by Brenda Boyd

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Given the increasing concern with childhood obesity and child inactivity, it is not surprising that two relatively recent publications focus on the importance of active, physical play in young children. These works convey a strong message to embrace and encourage rough physical play that adults (parents and teachers) often want to stop. Big Body Play by Frances M. Carlson and The Art of Roughhousing (2010) by Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen present two perspectives on active, physical play in children and share the message that this kind of play should, in fact, be encouraged as it offers benefits for several areas of child development.