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Play has long been recognized as an important factor in the growth and development of children. Until the last few years there have been few good practical books which parents and teachers could use in this work. "Keep Them Human" is the fourth valuable book written on play for children from 4 to 8 years of age by C. Madeleine Dixon; it was written after many years of observation and study by the author in nursery schools.
The first part of the book deals with play in wartime. It describes in detail the methods by which the normal "war play" of children can be utilized to develop constructive, useful activities in children and at the same time give them an opportunity to express themselves freely. The remainder of the book discusses play in general.
The book is well written; it is clear, concise, interesting and helpful to the pediatrician and
Keep Them Human.. Am J Dis Child. 1943;65(1):194. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1943.02010130203014