Child Psychology in Small Packages

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 207–208. Reviews the books, The Developing Child. 2nd ed by Helen Bee (1978); and Beginnings: Psychology of Early Childhood by Barbara Sweany McClinton and Blanche Garner Meier (1978). Bee's book engages the reader with its personal, evaluative, and conversational style. The arrangement of material is topical, with subjects ordered by their normal chronological order of appearance. All major issues in child development receive coverage, with an emphasis on cognitive development. McClinton and Meier have also written a text that will be liked by students. Although not as conversational in style as Bee's, the writing in Beginnings is straightforward and competent as it reports the results of up-to-date research and theory in child psychology. Because these two books may be most appropriate for somewhat different audiences, it is difficult to compare The Developing Child and Beginnings in a satisfactory way. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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