Another guide to raising children by the book, this one covering the years from birth to age six. Dodson, author of How to Parent and How to Father, among others, and Alexander, a pediatrician, are concerned with the psychological, emotional, and physical needs of children, as well as their intellectual development. The format is handy, as each year is given a separate chapter, while marginal subheadings facilitate looking up specific subjects within each age group. One may well ask, why another such book? Parents have been referring to Dr. Spook's volume for several decades now, and, more recently, to books like Frank Caplan's The First Twelve Months of Life. Dodson tackles this question head-on, stating that this guide is concerned more with the reality of today's child ("". . .only about 7 percent of the American population comes from what is perceived to be the typical American family: a breadwinner father, a homemaker mother, and children""). Thus, he includes sections on ""Special Parenting Situations,"" such as the single parent and mother working outside the home. Also, for the child of today, whose intellectual development seems to be greatly accelerated in comparison to previous eras, there is advice on children's toys, books, and records. An impressive self. help book for parents.