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From the Publisher"…this entertaining guide to American culture will find an interested audience in school, public and academic libraries."
Lawrence Looks at Books
"An excellent purchase for most public libraries and academic libraries with an emphasis on contemporary culture."
"Scott, an author and journalist specializing in American popular culture, offers an encyclopedia of toys in American culture that addresses the relationship between the two and the invention and development of toys in terms of historical events, social movements, and international progress. Entries trace developments in toy making and marketing in the twentieth century, the history of influential toys, and important trends, individuals, designers, museums, events, organizations, companies, and publications, with discussion of the cultural, social, and historical significance of each toy. A sampling of entries: Barbie, action figures, Bratz, Cabbage Patch Kids, Chatty Cathy, Disney Company, Elmo, FAO Schwarz, Fisher-Price, gender stereotyping, guns, Lincoln Logs, PEZ, safety, Star Wars toys, Toy Industry Association, and Walmart. B&W photos and illustrations are included. Games are omitted. The bibliography incorporates events, organizations, and collections."
Reference & Research Book News
"A must-have volume for toy collectors, writers, and researchers, and an outstanding resource for anyone who ever played with toys…"
Midwest Book Review
"Toys and American Culture is a valuable source of information on an important aspect of American popular culture and would therefore be a worthy addition to both public and academic library collections."
Reference & User Services Quarterly
"Toys and American Culture is an ambitious reference book that breaks new ground in taking the entire field of American toys as its purview. … a useful addition to the expanding toy reference bookshelf, reflecting the growing significance of toys, play, and children as topics worthy of attention within a broader historical and cultural context."
American Journal of Play
"…this insightful book is a must for anyone involved in the care and well being of a new baby."