Oppenheim draws on her experience as a parent, activist in school affairs, and teacher in preparing this comprehensive treatment of today's elementary school. She points out differences in school programs, contrasting the teacher/subject-centered and child-centered school, which she obviously prefers, and outlines options that parents may have. She gives numerous suggestions for supplementing the school's program and for helping students with learning problems, and describes kindergarten, primary, and intermediate grades in terms of basic skills and subjects. Oppenheim stresses parental understanding of and involvement in the school's program. Her excellent book complements Gene Maeroff's The School Smart Parent ( LJ 4/1/89), which focuses on parental responsibility for children's out-of-school education from infancy through sixth grade.-- Shirley L. Hopkinson, San Jose State Univ., Cal.