Sunday, July 11, 2010

What's Going on in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life by Lise Eliot

This book offers a comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge about infant and early childhood brain development. Starting with a detailed yet review of the growing embryo, Eliot guides readers through the sensory, motor, emotional and cognitive systems as they develop. It's not a "how to month-to-month" guide to raising a child, but it offers really interesting information about the importance of breastfeeding and discusses what IQ measure really tell us about child intelligence. It's an interesting book if you want to learn more about the "science" of development, but if you're looking for suggestions about games to play, books, to read to your baby, or what foods to avoid, this isn't the book for you.

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