A selection of essays, poems and excerpts from novels, tied together with the theme that insight into the development of the child at various stages may be gleaned from creative literature. Through organization the book presents successive phases of growth and personality common to most but uniquely rendered by such writers as Tolstoi, Dickens, Mann, Steffens, Bowen, Porter and others. Sensitive selection at its best -- each writer's piece is worthy of the whole, and should push the reader to the full books. The introduction and the commentary are supplied by Anna W.M. Wolf.