The Gardener and the Carpenter

The Gardener and the Carpenter
Author: Alison Gopnik
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-08-09
ISBN 10: 1429944331
ISBN 13: 9781429944335
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Gardener and the Carpenter Book Review:

One of the world's leading child psychologists shatters the myth of "good parenting" Caring deeply about our children is part of what makes us human. Yet the thing we call "parenting" is a surprisingly new invention. In the past thirty years, the concept of parenting and the multibillion dollar industry surrounding it have transformed child care into obsessive, controlling, and goal-oriented labor intended to create a particular kind of child and therefore a particular kind of adult. In The Gardener and the Carpenter, the pioneering developmental psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik argues that the familiar twenty-first-century picture of parents and children is profoundly wrong--it's not just based on bad science, it's bad for kids and parents, too. Drawing on the study of human evolution and her own cutting-edge scientific research into how children learn, Gopnik shows that although caring for children is profoundly important, it is not a matter of shaping them to turn out a particular way. Children are designed to be messy and unpredictable, playful and imaginative, and to be very different both from their parents and from each other. The variability and flexibility of childhood lets them innovate, create, and survive in an unpredictable world. “Parenting" won't make children learn—but caring parents let children learn by creating a secure, loving environment.

The Gardener and the Carpenter

The Gardener and the Carpenter
Author: Alison Gopnik
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2016-08-09
ISBN 10: 0374229708
ISBN 13: 9780374229702
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Gardener and the Carpenter Book Review:

"Alison Gopnik, a ... developmental psychologist, [examines] the paradoxes of parenthood from a scientific perspective"--

The Gardener and the Carpenter

The Gardener and the Carpenter
Author: Alison Gopnik
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-08-25
ISBN 10: 1473546494
ISBN 13: 9781473546493
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Gardener and the Carpenter Book Review:

Selected as a Book of the Year by the Financial Times ‘The Gardener and the Carpenter should be required reading for anyone who is, or is thinking of becoming a parent’ Financial Times Caring deeply about our children is part of what makes us human. Yet the thing we call ‘parenting’ is a surprisingly new invention. In the past thirty years, the concept of parenting and the huge industry surrounding it have transformed childcare into obsessive, controlling, and goal-orientated labour intended to create a particular kind of child, and therefore a particular kind of adult. Drawing on the study of human evolution and her own cutting-edge scientific research into how children learn, Gopnik shows that although caring for children is profoundly important, it is not a matter of shaping them to turn out a particular way. Children are designed to be messy and unpredictable, playful and imaginative, and to be very different both from their parents and from each other. The variability and flexibility of childhood lets them innovate, create, and survive in an unpredictable world. ‘Parenting’ won't make children learn – but caring parents let children learn by creating a secure, loving environment. In The Gardener and the Carpenter, the pioneering developmental psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik argues that the familiar twenty-first-century picture of parenting is profoundly wrong – it's not just based on bad science, it's bad for children and their parents too.

The Philosophical Baby

The Philosophical Baby
Author: Alison Gopnik
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-08-04
ISBN 10: 1429959444
ISBN 13: 9781429959445
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Philosophical Baby Book Review:

For most of us, having a baby is the most profound, intense, and fascinating experience of our lives. Now scientists and philosophers are starting to appreciate babies, too. The last decade has witnessed a revolution in our understanding of infants and young children. Scientists used to believe that babies were irrational, and that their thinking and experience were limited. Recently, they have discovered that babies learn more, create more, care more, and experience more than we could ever have imagined. And there is good reason to believe that babies are actually smarter, more thoughtful, and even more conscious than adults. This new science holds answers to some of the deepest and oldest questions about what it means to be human. A new baby's captivated gaze at her mother's face lays the foundations for love and morality. A toddler's unstoppable explorations of his playpen hold the key to scientific discovery. A three-year-old's wild make-believe explains how we can imagine the future, write novels, and invent new technologies. Alison Gopnik - a leading psychologist and philosopher, as well as a mother - explains the groundbreaking new psychological, neuroscientific, and philosophical developments in our understanding of very young children, transforming our understanding of how babies see the world, and in turn promoting a deeper appreciation for the role of parents.

The Scientist In The Crib

The Scientist In The Crib
Author: Alison Gopnik,Andrew N. Meltzoff,Patricia K. Kuhl
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-10-13
ISBN 10: 0061846910
ISBN 13: 9780061846915
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Scientist In The Crib Book Review:

This exciting book by three pioneers in the new field of cognitive science discusses important discoveries about how much babies and young children know and learn, and how much parents naturally teach them.It argues that evolution designed us both to teach and learn, and that the drive to learn is our most important instinct. It also reveals as fascinating insights about our adult capacities and how even young children -- as well as adults -- use some of the same methods that allow scientists to learn so much about the world. Filled with surprise at every turn, this vivid, lucid, and often funny book gives us a new view of the inner life of children and the mysteries of the mind.

Farm City

Farm City
Author: Novella Carpenter
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2009-06-11
ISBN 10: 1101060174
ISBN 13: 9781101060179
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Farm City Book Review:

Urban and rural collide in this wry, inspiring memoir of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving farm Novella Carpenter loves cities-the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways: a homegrown vegetable plot as well as museums, bars, concerts, and a twenty-four-hour convenience mart mere minutes away. Especially when she moved to a ramshackle house in inner city Oakland and discovered a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door. She closed her eyes and pictured heirloom tomatoes, a beehive, and a chicken coop. What started out as a few egg-laying chickens led to turkeys, geese, and ducks. Soon, some rabbits joined the fun, then two three-hundred-pound pigs. And no, these charming and eccentric animals weren't pets; she was a farmer, not a zookeeper. Novella was raising these animals for dinner. Novella Carpenter's corner of downtown Oakland is populated by unforgettable characters. Lana (anal spelled backward, she reminds us) runs a speakeasy across the street and refuses to hurt even a fly, let alone condone raising turkeys for Thanksgiving. Bobby, the homeless man who collects cars and car parts just outside the farm, is an invaluable neighborhood concierge. The turkeys, Harold and Maude, tend to escape on a daily basis to cavort with the prostitutes hanging around just off the highway nearby. Every day on this strange and beautiful farm, urban meets rural in the most surprising ways. For anyone who has ever grown herbs on their windowsill, tomatoes on their fire escape, or obsessed over the offerings at the local farmers' market, Carpenter's story will capture your heart. And if you've ever considered leaving it all behind to become a farmer outside the city limits, or looked at the abandoned lot next door with a gleam in your eye, consider this both a cautionary tale and a full-throated call to action. Farm City is an unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmers' tips, and a great deal of heart. It is also a moving meditation on urban life versus the natural world and what we have given up to live the way we do.

Phantom Gardener

Phantom Gardener
Author: Mary Carpenter Reid
Publsiher: Bethany House Pub
Total Pages: 80
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 9781556617171
ISBN 13: 1556617178
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Phantom Gardener Book Review:

Steff and her younger sister Paulie are staying at a retirement community with their grandmother, an avid gardener, when they hear stories about a phantom gardener who works at night and a thief who is stealing plants.

Words Thoughts and Theories

Words  Thoughts  and Theories
Author: Alison Gopnik,Andrew N. Meltzoff
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 268
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 9780262571265
ISBN 13: 0262571269
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Words Thoughts and Theories Book Review:

Words, Thoughts, and Theories articulates and defends the "theory theory" of cognitive and semantic development, the idea that infants and young children, like scientists, learn about the world by forming and revising theories, a view of the origins of knowledge and meaning that has broad implications for cognitive science. Gopnik and Meltzoff interweave philosophical arguments and empirical data from their own and other's research. Both the philosophy and the psychology, the arguments and the data, address the same fundamental epistemological question: How do we come to understand the world around us? Recently, the theory theory has led to much interesting research. However, this is the first book to look at the theory in extensive detail and to systematically contrast it with other theories. It is also the first to apply the theory to infancy and early childhood, to use the theory to provide a framework for understanding semantic development, and to demonstrate that language acquisition influences theory change in children.The authors show that children just beginning to talk are engaged in profound restructurings of several domains of knowledge. These restructurings are similar to theory changes in science, and they influence children's early semantic development, since children's cognitive concerns shape and motivate their use of very early words. But, in addition, children pay attention to the language they hear around them and this too reshapes their cognition, and causes them to reorganize their theories.

NurtureShock

NurtureShock
Author: Po Bronson,Ashley Merryman
Publsiher: Twelve
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2009-09-03
ISBN 10: 9780446563321
ISBN 13: 0446563323
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

NurtureShock Book Review:

In a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel? Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease in schools that are more integrated? If 98% of kids think lying is morally wrong, then why do 98% of kids lie? What's the single most important thing that helps infants learn language? NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Nothing like a parenting manual, the authors' work is an insightful exploration of themes and issues that transcend children's (and adults') lives.

The Essential Urban Farmer

The Essential Urban Farmer
Author: Novella Carpenter,Willow Rosenthal
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 592
Release: 2012-01-10
ISBN 10: 1101559322
ISBN 13: 9781101559321
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Essential Urban Farmer Book Review:

The "how-to" guide for a new generation of farmers from the author of Farm City and a leading urban garden educator. In this indispensable guide, Farm City author Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal share their experience as successful urban farmers and provide practical blueprints-complete with rich visual material-for novice and experienced growers looking to bring the principles of ethical food to the city streets. The Essential Urban Farmer guides readers from day one to market day, advising on how to find the perfect site, design a landscape, and cultivate crops. For anyone who has ever grown herbs on windowsills, or tomatoes on fire escapes, this is an invaluable volume with the potential to change our menus, our health, and our cities forever.

Harvey the Gardener

Harvey the Gardener
Author: Lars Klinting
Publsiher: Kingfisher
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2006-04-19
ISBN 10: 9780753459546
ISBN 13: 075345954X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Harvey the Gardener Book Review:

Harvey wants to grow beans on his windowsill, and his friend Chip is eager to help. They soak the beans before planting them, then they water, watch, and wait--until the day they can pick fresh beans for dinner! Children will love learning to grow their own beans, helped by vocabulary throughout and Harvey's gardening tips at the end of the book.

The First Time Gardener

The First Time Gardener
Author: Frances Tophill
Publsiher: Kyle Books
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2018-07-23
ISBN 10: 0857836110
ISBN 13: 9780857836113
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The First Time Gardener Book Review:

Although excited by the prospect of moving into their own home for the first time, many people are mystified by the prospect of what to do with their outdoor space. Frances Tophill's fuss-free, practical guide shows you how to create a space outside your own back door that's designed by you, built by you and enjoyed by you. Beginning with advice on getting to know your garden - what type of soil you have, what the drainage and light is like - then on getting to know yourself as a gardener - do you want a vegetable patch, an abundance of flowers or simply an extension of your indoor living space? - and then moving on to the practical design, including hard and soft landscaping and building materials and guidance, Frances guides you through different types of plants and how to source and plant them. There is also a section on aftercare, telling you the best way to keep your garden well cared for and easy to maintain throughout the year.

Against the Grain

Against the Grain
Author: Gillian Ranson
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 214
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 1442603585
ISBN 13: 9781442603585
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Against the Grain Book Review:

"An exciting, fresh, and timely look at the experiences of mothers and fathers who challenge dominant cultural expectations in their efforts to care for their children. Ranson's analysis offers a new way of thinking about parenting." - Glenda Wall, Wilfrid Laurier University

Gardening in Miniature

Gardening in Miniature
Author: Janit Calvo
Publsiher: Timber Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2013-06-18
ISBN 10: 1604695285
ISBN 13: 9781604695281
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gardening in Miniature Book Review:

Get ready to journey into the huge world of growing small! The next garden trend combines the joy of gardening with the magic of miniatures. Gardening in Miniature is a complete guide to creating lush, living, small-scale gardens. It has everything you need to pick up this new hobby, including scaled down garden designs, techniques for creating tiny hardscapes, miniature garden care and maintenance, tips on choosing containers, how to buy the right plants, and where to find life-like accessories. Inspiring step-by-step projects feature basic skills that can be recreated in any number of designs, like a tiny patio, a trellis, a pond, and a secret garden. Whether you want to build a miniature empire in your garden bed or design a private garden with a pebble patio for an indoor centerpiece, Gardening in Miniature is the primer for creating your own tiny, living world.

The Importance of Being Little

The Importance of Being Little
Author: Erika Christakis
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2016-02-09
ISBN 10: 0698195019
ISBN 13: 9780698195011
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Importance of Being Little Book Review:

“Christakis . . . expertly weaves academic research, personal experience and anecdotal evidence into her book . . . a bracing and convincing case that early education has reached a point of crisis . . . her book is a rare thing: a serious work of research that also happens to be well-written and personal . . . engaging and important.” --Washington Post "What kids need from grown-ups (but aren't getting)...an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word: play." --NPR The New York Times bestseller that provides a bold challenge to the conventional wisdom about early childhood, with a pragmatic program to encourage parents and teachers to rethink how and where young children learn best by taking the child’s eye view of the learning environment To a four-year-old watching bulldozers at a construction site or chasing butterflies in flight, the world is awash with promise. Little children come into the world hardwired to learn in virtually any setting and about any matter. Yet in today’s preschool and kindergarten classrooms, learning has been reduced to scripted lessons and suspect metrics that too often undervalue a child’s intelligence while overtaxing the child’s growing brain. These mismatched expectations wreak havoc on the family: parents fear that if they choose the “wrong” program, their child won’t get into the “right” college. But Yale early childhood expert Erika Christakis says our fears are wildly misplaced. Our anxiety about preparing and safeguarding our children’s future seems to have reached a fever pitch at a time when, ironically, science gives us more certainty than ever before that young children are exceptionally strong thinkers. In her pathbreaking book, Christakis explains what it’s like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults, where we have confused schooling with learning. She offers real-life solutions to real-life issues, with nuance and direction that takes us far beyond the usual prescriptions for fewer tests, more play. She looks at children’s use of language, their artistic expressions, the way their imaginations grow, and how they build deep emotional bonds to stretch the boundaries of their small worlds. Rather than clutter their worlds with more and more stuff, sometimes the wisest course for us is to learn how to get out of their way. Christakis’s message is energizing and reassuring: young children are inherently powerful, and they (and their parents) will flourish when we learn new ways of restoring the vital early learning environment to one that is best suited to the littlest learners. This bold and pragmatic challenge to the conventional wisdom peels back the mystery of childhood, revealing a place that’s rich with possibility.

The Art of Gardening

The Art of Gardening
Author: R. William Thomas
Publsiher: Timber Press
Total Pages: 340
Release: 2015-10-15
ISBN 10: 1604697210
ISBN 13: 9781604697216
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Art of Gardening Book Review:

“Delightful!” —The New York Times Book Review Discover a world of beauty and creativity! Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. It is a place of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home. And now those lessons are available for everyone in this stunning book! You’ll learn techniques specific to different conditions and plant palettes; how to use hardscape materials in a fresh way; and how to achieve the perfect union between plant and site. And Rob Cardillo’s exquisite photographs of exciting combinations will be sure to stimulate your own creativity. Whether you’re already under Chanticleer’s spell or have yet to visit, The Art of Gardening will enable you to bring the special magic that pervades this most artful of gardens into your own home landscape.

The Nurture Assumption

The Nurture Assumption
Author: Judith Rich Harris
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 462
Release: 1999
ISBN 10: 0684857073
ISBN 13: 9780684857077
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Nurture Assumption Book Review:

Argues that children's development is influenced primarily by their peers--other children--rather than by their parents

A New Leaf

A New Leaf
Author: Merilyn Simonds
Publsiher: Anchor Canada
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0385670478
ISBN 13: 9780385670470
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A New Leaf Book Review:

A graceful and sharply observed book of inspiration that uses the garden as its central muse A New Leaf traces a year of growing seasons at The Leaf, Merilyn Simonds' acreage in eastern Ontario. A lifelong gardener, Simonds works the soil and the soul for wide-ranging revelations about everything from flowers that keep time, to the strange gift of compost, to great gardens of the world, to things lost and found underground. She is joined on her journey by a host of companions — including her Beloved, who tills by her side; the Rosarian, who tends to both bud and thorn in roses and life; and the Frisarian, who weeds unwelcome visitors to make room for new growth. Intelligent and intimate, irreverent and elegant, A New Leaf offers a cornucopia of enrichment and inspiration for the fertile mind. From the Hardcover edition.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden
Author: Hodgson B.F.
Publsiher: Рипол Классик
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2021
ISBN 10: 5521055061
ISBN 13: 9785521055067
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secret Garden Book Review:

«Таинственный сад» – любимая классика для читателей всех возрастов, жемчужина творчества Фрэнсис Ходжсон Бернетт, роман о заново открытой радости жизни и магии силы. Мэри Леннокс, жестокое и испорченное дитя высшего света, потеряв родителей в Индии, возвращается в Англию, на воспитание к дяде-затворнику в его поместье. Однако дядя находится в постоянных отъездах, и Мэри начинает исследовать округу, в ходе чего делает много открытий, в том числе находит удивительный маленький сад, огороженный стеной, вход в который почему-то запрещен. Отыскав ключ и потайную дверцу, девочка попадает внутрь. Но чьи тайны хранит этот загадочный садик? И нужно ли знать то, что находится под запретом?.. Впрочем, это не единственный секрет в поместье...

The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer

The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer
Author: Jeff Carpenter,Melanie Carpenter
Publsiher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2015-05-06
ISBN 10: 1603585745
ISBN 13: 9781603585743
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer Book Review:

A new approach to growing local medicine, including information on geo-authenticity, wildcrafting, and developing a good business plan Both a business guide and a farming manual, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer will teach readers how to successfully grow and market organic medicinal Western herbs. Whether you’re trying to farm medicinal plants, culinary herbs, or at-risk native herbs exclusively or simply add herbal crops to what you’re already growing, successful small-scale herb farmers Jeff and Melanie Carpenter will guide you through the entire process—from cultivation to creating value-added products. Using their Zack Woods Herb Farm in Vermont as a backdrop, the Carpenters cover all the basic practical information farmers need to know to get an organic herb farm up and running, including: • Size and scale considerations; • Layout and design of the farm and facilities; • Growing and cultivation information, including types of tools; • Field and bed prep; • Plant propagation; • Weed control, and pests and diseases; • Harvesting, as well as wild harvesting and the concept of geo-authentic botanicals; • Postharvest processing; and, • Value-added products and marketing. The authors also provide fifty detailed plant profiles, going deeper into the herbs every farmer should consider growing. In an easy-to-understand, practical, and comprehensive manner, readers will learn how to focus on quality over quantity, and keep costs down by innovating with existing equipment, rather than expensive technology.Market farmers who have never before considered growing medicinal herbs will learn why it’s more important to produce these herbs domestically. The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer makes a convincing case that producing organic medicinal herbs can be a viable, profitable, farming enterprise. The Carpenters also make the case for incorporating medicinal herbs into existing operations, as it can help increase revenue in the form of value-added products, not to mention improve the ecological health of farmland by encouraging biodiversity as a path toward greater soil health.