• The Gardener and the Carpenter should be required reading for anyone who is, or is thinking of becoming a parent ... Gopnik's science-based assertion is a welcome corrective to the prevailing culture of coaching and tutoring children

    Isabel Berwick, Financial Times
  • [An] elegantly readable and thoughtful book… It should be required reading for anyone involved in educational reform.

    Lara Feigel, Observer
  • [A] thoughtful book… Gopnik shines when she describes the intricate world of children’s play… This is a lovely book, and the life’s work that animates it, will only deepen that bond, helping our children to flourish

    Erika Christakis, Washington Post Sunday
  • [A] fascinating and passionate diatribe.

    Bee Wilson, Guardian
  • Gopnik's book seems a welcome burst of common sense ... fascinating.

    New Scientist

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