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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications (18 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160459540X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604595406
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,033,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. E. Stokes on 20 Oct. 2009
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Calling all montessori teacher trainees, Do not buy this book as it is an abridged version and has cut out alot of the very important links that you need to understand between Montessori's theories and the theories of child developmentalists such as Piaget and his theory of Materialised Abstraction and the mathematical mind. This version is fine for parents interested in Montessori for use in home education or anyone who has just a passing interest but anyone who is a serious student and wanting to become a professional Montessori teacher dont touch it with a barge pole. I am training as a Montessori teacher and when i found out it had whole important sections cut out of it i felt cheated and ripped off. No where in the book or on the front or back cover does it specify that it is abridged. Best to go for a clio copy if you can because that version is not abridged. I dont dislike the absorbent mind, i love it! its just this version here of it i dont like, cant believe the publishers have got away with it. Now i have read the clio version realise how much info i missed out on.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ms. F. Parsons on 5 Feb. 2009
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they say you don't get a book with a new baby....uh, you do....this one. even 100 years after her findings, montessori philosophy has never been so relevant as today. i read this when my son was born and now am a qualified montessorian. forget all those modern techniques....this is all you need. it does take a while to read through properly, but it will open your mind...and possibly enable you to create the most wonderful children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Love2Read on 7 Aug. 2009
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Yes, it was a bit of a struggle reading through this, frankly. Not for the faint-hearted. It is crammed with ideology and momentum given the time it was written (after the Second World War). It is very much of its time, the developmental theories I agree with, but the ideology takes over. I would not read this first-hand until you had read introductions to Montessori's teaching. But that's just me!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 July 2001
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This is a mind-blowing, life-altering book that should be required reading for all educators and parents. It details the various patterns of child's development and growth, whilst providing effective strategies for understanding and dealing with them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Helen Oakley on 5 Feb. 2014
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I bought this book to help me with my Montessori training, it is not the original version although it doesn't actually tell you that anywhere, You can't use it with the training because the chapters are not the same and the content is different in parts. I too feel cheated and CAN'T BELIEVE THE PUBLISHERS CAN GET AWAY WITH SELLING IT. .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gun&candle on 15 May 2012
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The book is a classic that anybody interested in education and developmental psychology should get.
However, I regret the bad quality of the ink (some words almost fade away) and many mistakes of printing make its reading difficult.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wendy.p on 29 July 2012
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Couldn't wait to read this book,it is very interesting although it is a bit heavy going. I found though that the print is not that clear and there are quite a lot of typos - puts me off a bit!
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By Joanie on 20 Dec. 2012
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If you are just looking for a simply written version of this Maria Montessori book, well this is the book for you. It was well priced. However, I found the english translation lacked equolence, it came across as if the person who wrote it did not have english as their first laungage, if you understand what I mean by that.. to explain, it felt like I was reading an Indian persons translation of Montessori's book. I don't know how many people would have picked up on that! it is still very easy to read, but you may not understand what Montessori was trying to say, as they are not her words or her style of writing.
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