3-4 | Recess Battles: Playing, Fighting, and Storytelling

Book Review

Recess Battles: Playing, Fighting, and Storytelling

Anna R. Beresin
Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 2010. Contents, foreword, appendixes, illustrations, bibliography. 168 pp. $50.00 cloth. ISBN: 9781604737394

by Marjorie Harness Goodwin

First Paragraph:

Educators and child specialists have recently focused attention on the “play deficit” facing children in the twenty-first century. Increasingly, parents find it challenging to promote imaginative play, given the seductive draw of the screens of iPads, iPhones, and computers. Children have to be taught the playful pursuits in which past generations routinely participated. In addition, 40 percent of the schools in the United States have eliminated or curtailed recess, and parents have to protest loudly to bring it back.