3-2 | Understanding Children's Worlds: Children and Play

Book Review

Understanding Children's Worlds: Children and Play

Peter K. Smith
West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell, 2010. Images, references, index. 256 pp. $32.54 paper. ISBN: 9780631235224

by Thomas G. Power

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Peter Smith is a leading play scholar. Starting with his dissertation in 1970, Smith has devoted forty years to the study of play. His contributions have been many, and they include one of the first evolutionary analyses of play in children and animals, numerous edited books on play, and his groundbreaking observational and experimental research on the nature and consequences of play. As academic interest in play has waxed and waned, Smith has continued to devote considerable energy to the study of this important human activity.