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The Invention of Childhood (Radio Collection) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Hugh Cunningham , Michael Morpurgo
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6 Nov 2006 Radio Collection
Presented by award-winning children's writer Michael Morpurgo, this genuinely ground-breaking history of British childhood from the year 1000 to the present explores, through a wide and colourful range of primary sources, how the idea of childhood has been constantly reinvented down the centuries and why the role of children in society continues to obsess us today. Fascinating and thought-provoking, it will appeal to parents, grandparents and anyone who has ever been a child themselves. It is written by Hugh Cunningham, introduced and presented by Michael Morpurgo, Children's Laureate from 2003 to 2005.

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  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; New edition edition (6 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846071577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846071577
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was not sure whether I would be able to read this book from cover to cover. However, once picked up I could not put down. This book gives some fantastic insights into the historical concept of childhood, childhood games, play and how the child has been perceived by adults over the centuries. Highly recommended for those with an interest in childhood studies and illustrating how we have shaped many practices on historial ideas and ideologies or just for pure reading pleasure!
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It does go on a bit... Perhaps too much social context (which is interesting knowledge) is discussed. The links to children and childhood come almost as an after thought.
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This is a work by award-winning children's writer Michael Morpurgo, it`s a ground-breaking history of British childhood from the year 1000 to the present. He draws on a wide range supply of sources. Often we are influenced by the Dickensian model and period-drama. However the writer helps set right the myths of the past. The writer, a children's laureate from 2003 unto 2015, is well qualified to document a thought provoking and fascinating work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 8 Nov 2013
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Brilliant Book, easy to read and understand, Highly recommended. Use it for the Early Years Foundation Degree. It is good!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 29 July 2013
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I'm studying Childhood studies and I used this book for a different childhoods module, it is a great read and the book really helped me gain a better insight into what childhood is.
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