A mosaic of periods of childhood, surveyed from the far reaches of adult life. There is an explanatory chapter, developing his theme, then every aspect of childhood is presented, in miniature, illustrated by apt quotations from the classics and from English literature, particularly of the 19th century. It is a richly suggestive book, and child psychologists will find it absorbing. No attempt to develop a thesis -- simply to present a pattern. Children's own writings -- Elizabeth Barrett, Lewis Carroll, Rosetti, Southey, Browning and others -- as well as extracts from adult writing.