A valuable search into the factors for growth- books, museums, religion and a healthy emulation of the search for truth, this concentrates on the years from ten to fifteen. Central to the theme is the complex matter of wisdom and virtue. How can we expect children to be wise by limiting access to knowledge? How can we expect them to be virtuous by exposing them to moral issues whose contexts they cannot yet deal with rationally? There is no answer. But a delicate probing of the paths that harmonize with each other are in these essays which are of prime value to all parents who would enrich their own experience as well as their children's.