Book Reviews
October 1940

The First Five Years of Life:

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A Guide to the Study of the Pre-School Child. By Arnold Gesell and others. Price, $3.50. Pp. 393, with 21 plates, many illustrations and tables. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1940.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;60(4):1009. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.02000040228031

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This book presents a comprehensive, objective clinical picture of the mental and physical developmental patterns of the first five years. It is almost entirely descriptive, portraying the behavior of normally developing children, with no attempt to theorize regarding behavior patterns.

This authoritative work from the Yale Clinic probably gives the most accurate picture of physical and intellectual growth which has appeared. Motor development, adaptive behavior, language development and personal-social behavior are described separately for the successive levels from four weeks to five years.

Like all of the books by Gesell and his associates, this book is written in a very direct style, the terminology is easily understood and it is interesting throughout. It should be read by every one working with children.

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