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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amanda Jackson, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This beautifully illustrated book reviews the healthy development of children in the first five years of life. It is divided into chapters that discuss the timing of typical milestones and how families can support the development of these skills.
Purpose: This book is designed to help parents recognize patterns of development and normal variations, introduce activities which promote healthy development, and offer information for children with special needs.
Audience: Parents and guardians of young children up to 5 years of age are the targeted audience.
Features: The book is divided into chapters based on the major developmental categories. There are also chapters on developmental concerns and factors affecting development. Special features include paragraphs such as "Positive Parenting," "Time for a Check Up," and "In the Know" which highlight general facts.
Assessment: This is an excellent general review of development for parents or caretakers. It is beautifully illustrated, includes tables for easy reference, and is accessible to parents. I would recommend this book for all parents of young children.