The House of Make-Believe
The House of Make-Believe

The House of Make-Believe

by Dorothy G. Singer, Jerome L. Singer

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Overview

In the most thorough attempt to cover all aspects of children's make-believe, Dorothy and Jerome Singer examine how imaginative play begins and develops, from the infant's first smiles to the toddler's engagement in social pretend play. They provide intriguing examples and research evidence on the young child's invocation of imaginary friends, the adolescent's daring, rule-governed games, and the adult's private imagery and inner thought. In chapters that will be important to parents and policymakers, the authors discuss television and the imagination, the healing function of play, and the effects of playfulness and creativity throughout the life span.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674043688
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 351
File size: 828 KB

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Contents
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

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