The author states that "the purpose of this book is to give a brief account of the normal growth and development of children from babyhood to adolescence, to indicate when and how difficulties occur and to show how they can be best handled. The book is written primarily for the student who is training to be a teacher, but it is also suitable for parents."
The author carries out her purpose well considering that the whole subject of growth and development from infancy through adolescence, intellectual as well as emotional, normal and abnormal, is covered in one hundred and forty pages. With only nine pages devoted to adolescence, for example, only a brief, superficial consideration of the subject is possible. Since the author is a teacher and the director of a child guidance clinic (in England), she devotes more time to children of school age than to those of the