I could not believe how terrible the reading of this novel was. The narrator sounded like he was reading a Dr Seuss book to me. He was placing emphasis and excitement in the strangest places.
That said, there's a lot of good information in this book. Be careful, though, because there's also a lot of mistaking correlation for causation. Just because 2 things move together does not mean one causes the other.
I found the information in this book is very valuable as a parent. The chapter that discusses infant language acquisition was particularly useful to me since I have a seven month old baby.
this is a must read/listen. great all the way through but the summary is the most important, children are different from adults and what works on adults doesn't always work on children the same way.
great book all around!
none of these old wives tales or myths. real useful stuff right here! have made lists of things I can begin to practice TODAY!!!
There are a lot of ideas in here that I thought were spot-on. Some examples are the inverse power of praise, that children are significantly affected by a lack of sleep, etc. It is a very worthwhile read for parents and teachers. I have read some legitimate criticisms of this book, but I would take those with a grain of salt. Some reviewers have said that it lacks scientific support for the conclusions it draws, but I don't think this book claims to be an airtight meta-analysis. A book like this is meant to be thought-provoking, and it should not be taken as child-rearing Gospel. Nor should any other parenting book out there. For what it's worth, this book references way more decent studies than do most parenting books.
Po Bronson is clearly dedicated to the material he is presenting, but I think he did this book a disservice by not hiring a professional reader. His cadence is off-putting, and I swear that it sounds like he is baby-talking the listener half the time. Had I not been really, really interested in the content, I would not have finished listening to this. I would strongly recommend reading this book, not listening to it.
I am not a huge fan of reading educational texts, but this is a fantastic read. I am going to listen again to it, and I have bought the book as well. I never write reviews, but I had to in this case.