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Mollie Is Three: Growing Up in School

Mollie Is Three: Growing Up in School
Author: Vivian Gussin Paley
ISBN 13: 9780226644943
ISBN 10: 226644944
Edition: 1
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1988-12-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
List Price: $14.00

"No adult can escape the adult perspective; but simply recognizing its inevitable limitations in a children's world enables a few gifted educators to accept the existence and vilify of whole kindergartens full of different perspectives. One such person is Vivian Gussin Paley. . . . Her books. . .should be required reading wherever children are growing."—New York Times Book Review

"With a delightful, almost magical touch, Paley shares her observations and insights about three-year-olds. The use of a tape recorder in the classroom gives her a second chance to hear students' thoughts from the doll corner to the playground, and to reflect on the ways in which young children make sense of the experience of school. . . . Paley lets the children speak for themselves, and through their words we reenter the world of the child in all its fantasy and inventiveness."—Harvard Educational Review

"Paley's vivid and accurate descriptions depict both spontaneous and recurring incidents and outline increasingly complex interactions among the children. Included in the narrative are questions or ideas to challenge the reader to gain more insight and understanding into the motives and conceptualizations of Mollie and other children."—Karen L. Peterson, Young Children


Paley invites us to reflect on the ways we interact with children and attempt to educate them. To anyone who has ever wondered what growing up in school feels like when you are very young, this book offers insight. No scholarly impedimentia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)