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."
"Linn brings invaluable expertise to this well-organized and straightforward exploration of a neglected subject."
A ventriloquist and psychologist, Linn (Consuming Kids) claims that the act of make-believe is disappearing. In her impassioned plea for its survival, Linn reveals that play has many benefits, including helping kids develop problem-solving, critical thinking and social skills. Play also enables children to explore their inner feelings, cope with challenges and promotes emotional healing. Linn reveals how she uses puppets to encourage deeply troubled kids to explore their feelings, pointing out that imaginative play helps all children cope with such issues as separation, anger and fear. Tragically, Linn claims, play is on a downswing, replaced by TV time and highly marketed media-linked toys and electronic media that discourage real creativity. In fact, despite the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation to prohibit screen time until the age of two, a study Linn cites reveals that 40% of infants under three months are regular screen viewers. The director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Linn claims that the demise of play is a public health problem requiring an urgent campaign. She concludes with ways parents can incorporate creative play, while acknowledging the challenge of swimming against the powerful media tide. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.