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The Baby in the Mirror: A Child's World from Birth to Three [Paperback]

Charles Fernyhough
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6 April 2009
For Charles Fernyhough, the birth of his daughter Athena was an opportunity to re-evaluate much of what he had learned as a researcher in developmental psychology. Drawing on the detailed notes he made during her infancy, Fernyhough uses Athena's story to explain how a child's mind develops before the age of three, tapping into a parent's wonder at the processes of psychological development in an engaging, child-centered way. It is written with a father's tenderness and a novelist's empathy and style.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184708074X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847080745
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[A] tender, beautifully written account A... Fernyhough provides an accessible, jargon-free guide to the basis and development of language, consciousness and autonomy.' - The Scotsman'A triumph of informed imagination and a startling testament of love' Sunday Telegraph'Fernyhough's source material is diverse and eclecticA... a hymn to a child from a loving father.' Sunday Herald'It takes a writer as graceful, thoughtful and intelligent as Fernyhough to carry off this retelling.' Daily Telegraph'An ambitious and highly intelligent piece of work' Financial Times

About the Author

Charles Fernyhough studied developmental psychology at Cambridge University and is now a lecturer and writer. He lives with his wife and two children. He is the author of a novel, The Auctioneer (Fourth Estate,1999).

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fascinating insight! 18 May 2008
As a parent, grandparent and teacher I am fascinated by this amazing book. We put our own interpretations on to what we think babies are thinking and feeling and this super book gives a completely different story. It is highly informative, funny and fascinating. It is also very accessible for lay people like me. If you have any involvement with babies and very young children, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book 12 Jun 2009
I had been looking for a long time for a book which would give me some insight into congnative development rather than physical developement. I got a huge amount out of it and could read it again for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have guide for truly empathic parenting 14 Jun 2009
I absolutely love this book! As a clinical psychologist with a background in developmental psychology, I've had enough of the "How to" guides to parenting that suggest the 'wrong' and 'right' ways to bring up a child. What Charles Fernyhough does, through The Baby in the Mirror, is illuminate the much neglected concept of the child as an individual. The need to relate to and understand a child as a unique person in his/her own right quickly becomes clear, rendering the "one size fits all' approach to child rearing rightly obselete.

This book manages to demonstrate, in an accessible way, how some of the latest scientific research can be applied to help us make sense of and understand the world of a young child. This is enhanced by Fernyhough's tender and sensitive recollections of his daughter's early years. It really is a beautifully written book.

I have bought copies of this book for most of my friends and family members with young children and it has been a resounding success. I don't think there's anything else quite like it currently on the market and I really can't recommend it highly enough.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Entertaining 27 Nov 2008
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I really enjoyed this. It's intelligent, thoughtful and heartwarming. So much is written about mothers and their children that it's great to have a different perspective. There's lots of really interesting child development research that I knew nothing about, but it's far from being a dry text book read. This is a book that should be essential for anyone working with young children or interested in Psychology, but it's not just for students or practitioners, it's a good read.
I'd recommend it to anyone without children and everyone with them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written; very enjoyable read 22 July 2008
I bought this book after an excellent Guardian Family section piece, with an interest in psychology (and psychotherapy) - I wasn't disappointed. It is beautifully written and interweaves scientific detail with a touching, at times funny and personal father's account of his own child's journey of discovery and mental growth. The level of understanding, as the previous reviewer states, is perfect for trained psychologist and layman alike and the text is written in a non-patronising and non-assuming manner. Charles Fernyhough's passion for this subject and his personal investment in this project shines through in this book and although there are times you know he wishes he could put the camera/notebook/tape recorder down and just enjoy the moment, his commitment to sharing his findings is to be applauded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very accessible 18 Feb 2014
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This is a great book which charts the language development of babies. Very accessible to the non-expert and beautifully written.
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