Brenner, educator, lecturer, and prolific writer of children's books and books on education and child raising, has produced an excellent introduction to the purpose and value of preschool. She explains the philosophies behind different types of preschools and gives straightforward advice on deciding whether or not to send a child to preschool, on selecting a particular type of school, and on preparing a child for the big adventure. Preschool policies regarding discipline, health, safety, etc., and special issues such as child abuse, racial problems, provisions for the handicapped, and AIDS are squarely faced. Many topics are accompanied by sections telling what parents can do to help a child get the most out of the preschool experience. A worthy complement to Gene Maeroff's The School-Smart Parent (LJ 4/1/89) and Jeanne Oppenheim's The Elementary School Handbook (LJ 7/89).-- Shirley L. Hopkinson, San Jose State Univ., Cal.