The Monitor - Home Free: A Meditation on Computers, Books, Hide-and-Seek, Class Conflict, Kids and Play

Mary Beaty


Physical, outdoors play is rapidly disappearing from the modern world, through the sequestering of children by over-protective parents and the marketing of passive screen experiences. This, in turn, is stifling imagination and independence in these "modern" children. Play is essential, and books that demonstrate and promote unstructured play (especially those that ignore, or dispense with, adults) give their readers a door out to independence and hope.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680