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on 20 October 2009
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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on 13 December 2009
First of all one should note that this is a very poor edition. It seems to haev been machine scanned from a printed copy to digital and then went straight to print without even as much as a quik cusory spell check, never mind a read. There seem to be some paragraphs missing and there are sone awfull spelling errors such as replacing "s" with "$". Still, this did not stop me enjoying this copy. Good ness knows I'm capable of a few awfull spelling mistakes myself.

One thing I've learned about the "great" books, be it Aristotle's Politics or Plato's Republic or just a good old pot boiler such as The Count of Monty Christo, is that it pays to go and read the originals. Almost without exception the idea I had of these books and their authors was dramatically different from what I discovered reading them and in the reading was a whole new perspective on the author and the times. This book is no exception.

For example, it was interesting to discover the Madam M. was not a believer in Darwinian Evolution, but instead in what would be known today as Intelligent Design. She seems to have had a very structured It was also interesing to get a good perspective on why her methods were seen as so radical at the time. To read the scare warning by the publisher on the inside cover one would think Madam Montesorri was some sort of raving racist but the text of the books gives a very strong impression that the opposite was very much true with her speaking glowingly and in very equal terms of various cultures. One can't quite get away from a vague whiff if a LeCorbusier like view of the world though, where efficiency and order and everyone knowing their station are the most beautiful of qualities. MM has an almost mythic belief in the ability of the child of under 6 to adapt and learn but it is mirrored by an equally strong conviction in the inability of adults to change or learn or adapt.

As for the contents of the book one must be frank and admit that a great deal of it is not very much to the point and often rather boring. There is a great deal of repetition and one often wishes the author would just get tot he point. Smattered throughout, with a greater concentration towards the end of the text, are insights into the education of children in what she views as the 3 developmental stages ( 0 -3, 3 - 6 and 6 - 12) but although these are powerful and probably more subtle that a first reading would credit them, they are also far from being in terms of a manual which one could take and apply except in the most general of ways. Perhaps there are good modern Montessori method books out there for parents to use in the education of their children, but I don't think this was either meant to be that book nor can it be used as such.
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on 20 December 2012
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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on 5 February 2014
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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on 1 October 2013
Whilst I am certain this book is more than adequate for new parents wanting to learn the theories and philosophies of Maria Montessori, it is not appropriate for study; The translation is weak, and many important topics are removed. Furthermore, it does not have the publishing information for Bibliographies. For trainees, stick to the Clio Montessori series.
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on 21 April 2017
Maria Montessori was born in 1906 and the language/wording of this book shows that! Heavy going but very informative with great explanations. I've highlights many paragraphs already so I can refer back to them more easily.
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on 18 February 2014
I purchased this for my study, I needed chapter 19,22,23,26 , but this kindle version finishes at chapter 21. where is the rest??? why on earth the important chapters were omitted??

I purchased the new edition yesterday which contains all the chapter ,which includes chapter 19,22,23,26, I needed. I had to purchase again,though, I am very happy.
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on 6 December 2016
Terrible edition, anybody's eyes will get damaged if he manager to get through that book.
Low quality print
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on 18 June 2017
As describe
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on 20 March 2014
This is a brilliant resource book. I am a student and every penny counts. Buying books this way is great. When using quotes you van copy and paste. It pastes the refrence below it automatically. So handy.
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