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The Gardener and the Carpenter


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One of the world's leading child psychologists shatters the modern myth of 'good parenting'.

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Alison Gopnik is a professor of psychology and an affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an internationally recognised leader in the study of children's learning and development. She writes the Mind and Matter column for the Wall Street Journal and is the author of The Philosophical Baby and co-author of The Scientist in the Crib. She has three sons and lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, Alvy Ray Smith.


The Gardener and the Carpenter should be required reading for anyone who is, or is thinking of becoming a parent ... Gopnik's science-based assertion is a welcome corrective to the prevailing culture of coaching and tutoring children -- Isabel Berwick * Financial Times *
[An] elegantly readable and thoughtful book... It should be required reading for anyone involved in educational reform. -- Lara Feigel * Observer *
[A] thoughtful book... Gopnik shines when she describes the intricate world of children's play... This is a lovely book, and the life's work that animates it, will only deepen that bond, helping our children to flourish -- Erika Christakis * Washington Post Sunday *
[A] fascinating and passionate diatribe. -- Bee Wilson * Guardian *
Gopnik's book seems a welcome burst of common sense ... fascinating. * New Scientist *

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