THE WHOLE CHILD: A sourcebook by Stevanne Auerbach

THE WHOLE CHILD: A sourcebook

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A catalogue of references, with helpful tips and suggestions as well, that will be particularly useful for new parents. The first of the book's two sections provides fairly conventional information about aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of parenting: alcohol and the unborn baby, feeding and nutrition, diapering as a ""quality time,"" etc. The second section presents, alphabetically, many of the larger issues parents may encounter during the next four years of their children's lives: dealing with death, emotional development, health and hospitals, sex education. Each topic begins with a brief, solid entry: ""Environments for Children"" gives an overview of how to set up private spaces, as well as a checklist of furniture-selection criteria; ""Disabilities"" offers some encouraging particulars on the resources available to parents of children with special needs. And it's in citing resources that tiffs guide really scores: for every entry there are good book lists, each with a careful annotation, a brief excerpt, and complete bibliographic information. The appendices, too, are generous, with annotated lists of magazines, toy manufacturers, publishers, and organizations. Despite occasional omissions and assumptions (no Protestant organizations are listed under ""religion""; parents are told to be sure that the pediatrician ""goes along with your plans to breastfeed""), as well as some outdated information (on immunizations), tiffs sourcebook will be a handy child-rearing ""yellow pages,"" especially for parents of young children.

Pub Date: July 15th, 1981
Publisher: Putnam