Library Journal Review
Seldin's (president, Montessori Fdn.; Celebrations of Life) book is beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs of a diverse group of children ranging in age from newborn to six years. Chapters address such topics as "discovery through the senses," self-reliance, discipline, and natural history, all from the perspective of the Montessori approach. Activities and techniques within each chapter are organized by chronological age. Many of the techniques espoused are now standard forms of effective teaching and parenting, but the highly visual presentation gives them a new life. The work's weakness is its lack of balance. The single perspective and the final chapter, "Is Montessori Right for Your Child?", with its list of addresses of Montessori organizations and bibliography of Montessori literature, make it read like promotional literature. Seldin's book is likely to appeal primarily to parents already interested in "The Montessori Way." Libraries purchasing it should ensure their collection contains works addressing the same issue from other slants. [January 6, 2007 marked the 100th anniversary of Montessori Education.-Ed.]-Suzanne M. Stauffer, SLIS, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.