The House of Make-Believe

The House of Make-Believe

by Dorothy G. Singer, Jerome L. Singer
     
 

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In the most thorough attempt to cover all aspects of children's make-believe, Dorothy and Jerome Singer examine how imaginative play begins and develops, from the infant's first smiles to the toddler's engagement in social pretend play. They provide intriguing examples and research evidence on the young child's invocation of imaginary friends, the adolescent's

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In the most thorough attempt to cover all aspects of children's make-believe, Dorothy and Jerome Singer examine how imaginative play begins and develops, from the infant's first smiles to the toddler's engagement in social pretend play. They provide intriguing examples and research evidence on the young child's invocation of imaginary friends, the adolescent's daring, rule-governed games, and the adult's private imagery and inner thought. In chapters that will be important to parents and policymakers, the authors discuss television and the imagination, the healing function of play, and the effects of playfulness and creativity throughout the life span.

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Library Journal
The Singers theorize that children who have supportive persons, places, times, and props for imaginative play develop long-term adult creativity. To uphold this theory, they synthesize observations of life experiences and research results, correlating play experiences with sex differences, emotional development, imaginary friends, cognitive and language skills, and therapeutic values. They also suggest areas needing further study. Parents will be able to extract some insightful information, especially from the chapter on television and the imagination. However, this is most useful for child development students and professionals.-- Nancy M. Laskowski, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
Booknews
Psychologists Dorothy (U. of Bridgeport) and Jerome (Yale) Singer examine the nature, role, and development of imaginative play from infancy, through childhood and adolescence, and into adulthood, revealing it to be less a function of age than a characteristic expression of humanness. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674043688
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
828 KB

Meet the Author

Jerome L. Singer is Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department at Yale University, where he co-directs the Yale Family Television Research and Consultation Center.

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