Here is a collection of 12 essays on various aspects of parenting, written by highly respected experts that include Louise Bates Ames, Benjamin Spock, and Fitzhugh Dodson. Editor Shiff regards them as a course in effective parenting, ``an eclectic approach'' as opposed to a systematic one that could limit options. Each essay begins with a one-page profile of the author, and all are informative and well written. Standouts include Drs. Burton White and Michael Meyerhoff's ``New Parents as Teachers'' and Dr. Sol Gordon's ``Your Child's Sexuality,'' which contains an excellent section of commonly asked questions and recommended answers. A highly recommended addition to child rearing collections.Debra Berlanstein, Towson State Univ. Lib., Baltimore, Md.