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The House of Make-Believe

The House of Make-Believe

Children’s Play and the Developing Imagination

Dorothy G. Singer, Jerome L. Singer

ISBN 9780674043688

Publication date: 07/01/2009

In the most thorough attempt to cover all aspects of children’s make-believe, Dorothy and Jerome Singer examine how imaginative play begins and develops, from the infant’s first smiles to the toddler’s engagement in social pretend play. They provide intriguing examples and research evidence on the young child’s invocation of imaginary friends, the adolescent’s daring, rule-governed games, and the adult’s private imagery and inner thought. In chapters that will be important to parents and policymakers, the authors discuss television and the imagination, the healing function of play, and the effects of playfulness and creativity throughout the life span.

Praise

  • A stimulating and scholarly presentation of…an important area of human existence.

    —Nicholas Tucker, Times Educational Supplement

Authors

  • Dorothy G. Singer is Senior Research Scientist in the Psychology Department at Yale University, where she co-directs the Yale Family Television Research and Consultation Center.
  • Jerome L. Singer is Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department at Yale University, where he co-directs the Yale Family Television Research and Consultation Center.

Book Details

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