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The House of Make-Believe


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1. Memories of Childhood Play 2. Imagination: The Realm of the Possible 3. The Beginnings of Pretending and Baby Play 4. The High Season of Imaginative Play 5. Imaginary Playmates and Imaginary Worlds 6. Cognitive and Emotional Growth through Play 7. Creating an Environment for Imaginative Play 8. Television-Viewing and the Imagination 9. Play as Healing 10. When Imaginative Play Goes Underground: Fantasy in Middle Childhood 11. Toward the Creative Adult Notes Index

About the Author

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.


The Singers theorize that children who have supportive persons, places, times, and props for imaginative play develop long-term adult creativity. To uphold this theory, they synthesize observations of life experiences and research results, correlating play experiences with sex differences, emotional development, imaginary friends, cognitive and language skills, and therapeutic values. They also suggest areas needing further study. Parents will be able to extract some insightful information, especially from the chapter on television and the imagination. However, this is most useful for child development students and professionals.-- Nancy M. Laskowski, Free Lib. of Philadelphia

A stimulating and scholarly presentation of...an important area of human existence. -- Nicholas Tucker * Times Educational Supplement *
A thoughtfully organized and well-written book. The use of the wonderful biographical material, together with the anecdotal cultural materials, makes the book interesting and entertaining to read despite the enormous amount of research cited... It is by far the broadest and most comprehensive book on play and imagination that is currently available. -- David Elkind * Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health *

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