By a writer who has previously written children's books on population control and genetic engineering, this ""First Book"" is a competent, if unexciting, introduction to its subject. Most of what's here details Freud's life, with his basic ideas explained as they occur chronologically. A final brief chapter discusses his influence today and describes other schools of psychology, ""countermovements,"" influenced by but not agreeing with Freud. Stwertka's style is clear, although her presentation is somewhat pedantic; she is objective in tracing the origins of the theories and discussing challenges to them. The bibliography is slight, and the inclusion of several quotes from TV shows undermines the serious nature of the presentation; but there is a good glossary. Where there is a need for a basic work that explains the foundations of psychoanalytic thought to older children, this should be adequate.