The Yale Child Study Center Guide to Understanding Your Child: Healthy Development from Birth to Adolescence

Mayes, Linda C., M.D. & Donald J. Cohen, M.D. The Yale Child Study Center Guide to Understanding Your Child: Healthy Development from Birth to Adolescence. Little, Brown. Feb. 2002. c.576p. illus. index. LC 00-039116. ISBN 0-316-95432-2. $40. CHILD REARING

Although this survey of child development and parenthood packs considerable wisdom and bears a prestigious imprimatur, it comes off as fairly generic. With its emphasis on a conceptual, developmental approach, it stands out in strong intellectual counterpoint to the quick how-to tactics of many contemporary titles, such as Sally Ward’s BabyTalk: Strengthen Your Child’s Ability To Listen, Understand and Communicate (LJ 3/15/01). Mayes, director of early childhood programs at the Yale Child Study Center, and Cohen, its former director, cover individual topics in 36 chapters (e.g., “Your Baby’s Motor Development,” “Sexuality and Gender,” “The Course of Pregnancy”). Though this comprehensiveness is a plus, much of the advice is common sense (“negative experiences or the absence of appropriate care may cause serious, enduring harm to early brain development”). As admirable as the authors’ goals are, it is hard to imagine public library patrons reading and retaining this much general information. For larger public libraries. (Index not seen.)

This review appeared in Library Journal on February 15, 2002 p. 172; the galley was shredded over a decade (!) later on August 10, 2012.

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