Not only the practical suggestions but the whole creative attitude of this handbook will be of invaluable aid to anyone who has a shut-in problem. Through similar difficulties of her own, Margery McMullin was inspired to start New York's Handicapped Childrens' Home Service in 1939 and since then has been busy developing the healthy techniques she offers here for solving the hard problem of keeping a child from boredom with the things that are within his mental and physical limits. Starting with the assumption that it is as emotional as it is mechanical- she launches into an array of plans and projects that ranges from decorating a sickroom- to activities like photography for more active and capable patients. Pleasant meal times, the importance of visitors and of help from both parents, the need to instill a desire where there is apathy- the desire both to get well and to do things- are the points discussed along with the possible activities. Excellent.