Loving Every Child: Wisdom for Parents

Janusz Korczak, Author, Sandra Joseph, Editor, Janusz Korczak, Editor , edited by Sandra Joseph. Algonquin $12.95 (84p) ISBN 978-1-56512-489-9

When the U.N. declared 1979 "The Year of the Child," the organization dedicated the year to Janusz Korczak, a Polish-Jewish physician and child advocate who was murdered by the Nazis alongside the orphans he refused to abandon. Although his fable, King Matt the First , has been available in translation, his writings about children have not been. And while this present volume of selections may seem slim, Korczak's insights are profound. The opening selection, "No Book Is a Substitute," reminds readers not to trust childcare books more than their own thoughtful observations. Watch a child take off and put back on a shoe or sock, over and over. This is not "a senseless waste of time," Korczak says, but "real work," part of the child's development. Likewise, play is essential to children—it's the only time we allow children "to take the initiative." Are you frustrated by something your child's done? Try seeing that child as a "foreigner who does not speak our language... ignorant of the laws and customs.... Treat his ignorance with respect." In this perfect inspirational gift book, Korczak reminds readers that children are basically honest, so if they don't answer our questions, that's also an answer; rather than lie, they're choosing silence. Editor Joseph closes with a biographical sketch of Korczak, useful for readers discovering this remarkable man for the first time. (Feb. 23)

Reviewed on: 11/13/2006
Release date: 02/01/2007
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 220 pages - 978-92-3-603838-4
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