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Book Review

Understanding Young Children’s Learning through Play: Building Playful Pedagogies

Pat Broadhead and Andy Burt
New York: Routledge, 2012. References, index, images. 170 pp. $47.95 paper. ISBN: 9780415614283

Play, Learning, and Children’s Development: Everyday Life in Families and Transition to School

Mariane Hedegaard and Marilyn Fleer
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. References, index, images. 231 pp. $99.00 cloth. ISBN: 9781107028647

by Olga S. Jarrett

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Pat Broadhead and Andy Burt’s Understanding Young Children’s Learning through Play is an insightful analysis of open-ended, free-choice play in the Early Years Unit (part of the United Kingdom’s Early Years Learning Framework curriculum) for children aged three through five at a primary school in York, England. The book consists of a series of vignettes that include interviews with staff members and the children’s interpretations of events as they watched themselves on video. Book chapters focus on the role of adult involvement, what can be learned from risk and conflict, and the ways in which children progress from new child to master player.