1-3 | The Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits

Book Review

The Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits

Gordon M. Burghardt
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005. Photographs, diagrams, tables, references, index. 501 pp. $50.00 cloth. ISBN: 9780262025430

by Garry Chick

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In 2001 I wrote a paper titled "What is play for?" In it, I included a section with the subheading "What do we think we know about play?" After reading Gordon Burghardt's splendid book, The Genesis of Animal Play, I have to admit that some of the things that I thought we knew about play were simply wrong and we knew others that I didn't know we knew. Indeed, the only really negative comment I can make about the book is that Burghardt should have written it five years earlier so that I would have been better informed when writing my paper.