"In this comparison of past and present, readers are left with a ball of complexities that they will be unable to unravel beyond a sad thread of statistics and hardship. (index, not seen, b&w photos, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The idyllic title is immediately offset by the subtitle- -``Three Centuries of Youth at Risk''—of this book, in which Wormser (Juveniles In Trouble, 1994, etc.) asks, ``Were children happier growing up in the past?'' His answer is both yes and no, as he reports that the ``good old days'' were full of hazards for children of the past that are unthinkable today.
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