A recent book by educational leadership professor Rebecca Shore has received the highest possible rating by Choice Magazine, a top academic review publication.
“Developing Young Minds” was deemed “Essential,” the highest of Choice Magazine’s five recommendation levels. Publications that are essential are of “exceptional quality for academic audiences and a core title for academic libraries supporting programs in relevant disciplines.”
The review appears in full below:
Focusing on the importance of the first five years of life in children’s intellectual development, Shore (education, Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte) reviews neurological research showing how important these years are for learning, given what is now known about the structure of the brain. She makes complex material accessible and in most chapters summarizes the important points. In the last chapter she gives specific examples (organized by age and sensory mode) of activities to do with children from birth onward. She devotes two chapters to the significance of music in the development of children’s minds, emphasizing the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. She has created CDs of Bach’s music for babies and writes convincingly of the music’s positive effects. Shore points out that young children are capable of more complex learning than was thought possible in the past, and she wants parents to be aware and take advantage of these crucial early learning years. This volume joins Alison Gopnik, Andrew Meltzoff, and Patricia Kuhl's The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn (1999), which Shore cites.
Summing Up: Essential. All readers.
--S. Sugarman, Vermont State Colleges
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