Book Reviews
November 1943

Your Child: His Family and Friends.

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By Frances Bruce Strain. Price, $2.00. Pp. 210, with 12 illustrations. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1943.

Am J Dis Child. 1943;66(5):587. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1943.02010230119010

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The author of this book is a veteran contributor to Parents Magazine, and much of her material has appeared in that publication previous to this time. She, therefore, knows fairly well what the puzzled or inexperienced mother must be taught.

In this book Mrs. Strain has written about a wide variety of problems regarding the child and his environment. She covers the child's home, school, playground and other environmental factors.

While she offers nothing new on the subjects, her text is fairly good for the layman's need, as far as it goes. Unfortunately, the author is rather preciously freudian. In the reviewer's opinion, a child need not necessarily have a warped attitude toward marriage even if that child's parents do not have the "psychiatric approach" to problems.

Mrs. Strain's chapter on "Grandparents, Servants, and Guests" is good. Her statement that "whatever we, the parents, feel toward 'others' who form a

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