The Baby in the Mirror: A Child's World from Birth to Three

The Baby in the Mirror: A Child's World from Birth to Three

by Charles Fernyhough
     
 


For Charles Fernyhough, the birth of his daughter Athena was an opportunity to view the psychological development and growth of a child first hand. Integrating scientific research with careful observation and questioning, this unique study investigates what it is like to be a newborn baby, an infant on the threshold of language, and a toddler testing out autonomy.… See more details below

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For Charles Fernyhough, the birth of his daughter Athena was an opportunity to view the psychological development and growth of a child first hand. Integrating scientific research with careful observation and questioning, this unique study investigates what it is like to be a newborn baby, an infant on the threshold of language, and a toddler testing out autonomy. Using Athena as a case study, Fernyhough vividly describes the huge amount of mental work children undertake right from birth, including the newborn’s task of learning about objects and people; the toddler’s forging of a self; the development of a sense of time and space; and the process of coming to grasp with the transforming power of the imagination. En route, he explains in simple terminology the ideas of the great child psychologists—including Vygotsky, Piaget, and Bowlby—and introduces some of the latest neuroscientific and developmental research. Written with a father’s tenderness and a keen scientific eye, this funny, touching, and fascinating investigation will allow parents and all those interested by child development to understand the extraordinary journey a child makes during the first three years of life.

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Editorial Reviews

I'm Pregnant Magazine
Charles Fernyhough uses his daughter Athena's first three years of life to explore how children remember, understand, learn, and make sense of life. It's a book full of wonder-Athena's and her father's.
Nature
Fernyhough points out the milestones of development that could be so easily missed when embedded in everyday acts of play . . . tackles the big questions, but at a level that a lay reader can follow.
Sunday Telegraph
The most poetic popular science book of the year. [The author's] beautifully expressed wonderment at the bizarre mixture of learning and forgetting that is toddlerhood is infectious, and makes this a hard book to put down."
The Guardian
A painstakingly observed, exquisitely written voyage of discovery into the first three years of life as experienced by a child. . . . A textbook suffused with tenderness, a memoir rooted in research."
Time Out
It's fascinating about memory and lost time . . . and the ineffable process by which children acquire language and a sense of selfhood and orientation."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847080073
Publisher:
Granta UK
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.94(d)

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