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Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World
     

Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World

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by Susan Linn
 

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In The Case for Make Believe, Harvard child psychologist Susan Linn tells the alarming story of childhood under siege in a commercialized and technology-saturated world. Although play is essential to human development and children are born with an innate capacity for make believe, Linn argues that, in modern-day America, nurturing creative play is not only

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In The Case for Make Believe, Harvard child psychologist Susan Linn tells the alarming story of childhood under siege in a commercialized and technology-saturated world. Although play is essential to human development and children are born with an innate capacity for make believe, Linn argues that, in modern-day America, nurturing creative play is not only countercultural—it threatens corporate profits.

A book with immediate relevance for parents and educators alike, The Case for Make Believe helps readers understand how crucial child’s play is—and what parents and educators can do to protect it. At the heart of the book are stories of children at home, in school, and at a therapist’s office playing about real-life issues from entering kindergarten to a sibling’s death, expressing feelings they can’t express directly, and making meaning of an often confusing world.

In an era when toys come from television and media companies sell videos as brain-builders for babies, Linn lays out the inextricable links between play, creativity, and health, showing us how and why to preserve the space for make believe that children need to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A wonderful look at how playing can heal children, how in “pretend-worlds” they can find their truest selves. [Linn’s] fierce advocacy for kids is on every page of this terrific book."
The Boston Globe

"[A] welcome addition to such books as D.W. Winnicott’s Playing and Reality, Bruno
Bettleheim’s The Uses of Enchantment, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow."
Library Journal

"Linn brings invaluable expertise to this well-organized and straightforward exploration of a neglected subject."
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595584496
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Susan Linn, author of Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood (The New Press), is a psychologist at Judge Baker Children’s Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston. An award-winning ventriloquist internationally recognized for her pioneering work using puppet therapy with children, she was mentored by the late Fred Rogers.

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Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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This is an important book for anyone who truly is interested in the well being of our children.