The Case For Make Believe

The Case For Make Believe : Saving Play in a Commercialized World

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Gripping stories of children at home, school and in the therapist's office using make-believe to grapple with real-life issues from entering nursery school to the death of a sibling. In an age where toys come from television shows and dress-up means Disney costumes, Linn lays out the inextricable links between play, creativity and health, showing why society should protect children from corporations that aim to limit their imaginations.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 16.76mm | 288g
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1595584498
  • 9781595584496
  • 1,056,395

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"A wonderful look at how playing can heal children, how in "pretend-worlds" they can find their truest selves. [Linn's] fierce advocacy for kids is on every page of this terrific book."
The Boston Globe

"[A] welcome addition to such books as D.W. Winnicott's Playing and Reality, Bruno
Bettleheim's The Uses of Enchantment, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's Flow."
Library Journal

"Linn brings invaluable expertise to this well-organized and straightforward exploration of a neglected subject."
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About Susan Linn

Susan Linn, author of Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood (The New Press), is a psychologist at Judge Baker Children's Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston. An award-winning ventriloquist internationally recognized for her pioneering work using puppet therapy with children, she was mentored by the late Fred Rogers.
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