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The House of Make-Believe: Play and the Developing Imagination


reviewed by Leah Levinger 1991

coverTitle: The House of Make-Believe: Play and the Developing Imagination
Author(s): Doroth G. Singer, Jerome L. Singer
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674408756, Pages: , Year: 1990
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It is appropriate that a book on fantasy evoke fantasies in the reader. Throughout the chapter on the middle years I found myself repeatedly responding with a host of long forgotten, now recaptured episodes. An ebullient fantasy in response to the entire book was to buy copies for all my colleagues. This is a rare blend of rich, careful scholarship, lucid style, and vivid, poignant examples. Investigators of creativity and giftedness and imagination are all too often pedestrian thinkers. But not here. These are people of high imagination. They freely draw on memories from their own childhood and youth. Much poetry, fiction, and autobiography is used and treated with the same respect as the technical literature. Their own research of almost forty years and that of many other investigators is integrated. Scientific data are intermixed with informal observations of grandchildren. The material is intrinsically related to theoretical constructs. The age span... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 93 Number 2, 1991, p. 319-322
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 293, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 1:11:18 PM

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