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What's Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life Paperback – Oct 3 2000


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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (Oct. 3 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553378252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553378252
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is for the parent who wants to know all the "Whys." I have identical twins, so it is very interesting to me to see why their personalities might be different. Identical twins are used in many experiments, so I found this book especially interesting. My mother-in-law is also a pschologist and did many "experiements" with my husband (wish they had video cameras back then -- would have been neat to see). :) My husband and I have always been fascinated with child development since our children were born. This answered all our questions!
It is a very technical, detailed book, but it is not too far over an average parent's head to get something out of it. I did find myself skipping over some of the parts that got bogged down in details (I just want to get to the point sometimes), but I would get the main idea. My husband and I found this book while searching for a more scientific book on brain development. We were watching a series on TLC that showed different experiements done with children and when children acquire specific skills and why. We tried finding it again without success, so we searched for a book instead. You can find tons of books that tell you when your child should do what, but they don't tell why and what is really going on in their heads. This book will explain all that!! You will even learn things like why toddlers should drink whole milk until the age of 2! It is broken up into the different senses as well as being chronological, which I found really easy to follow.
This will definitely make you a better parent. As an educator myself, I find it fascinating just to have the knowledge, and I feel it is important for all parents to have this knowledge.
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By Raoul Duke on May 24 2014
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My daughter is now 5 and smart as a whip despite her lazy father not reading this book. Great success.
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By pen name on March 23 2014
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item delivered on time. Item is excellent. The product was just as we expected it to be based on the product description. This book was very interesting - it gave me a different view on baby development stages, and a snippet view on what a miracle babies are!
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By Kajela on Feb. 17 2014
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I do not write reviews, but I had to for this book ... it is just too good and the world need to know this! I simply cannot put this book down ... it is so unbelievably fascinating, with so many useful practical tips that you can put into practice immediately to help your baby's mind develop to its greatest potential!!!

If you only read one baby book read this one!! I promise you will not regret it!!
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By Pen Name on May 5 2013
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Scientific yet accessible, full of detailed information about developmental but a much lighter, more engaging read than lots of the dense developmental text out there.
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I picked up this book simply because it had 46 amazing reviews. I feel that I owe it to everyone to come back here and also add that I give the book 5 stars as well! I'm so thankful I found this book!

I'm extremely interested in what the research says about babies brains and as a mother to be (3 months pregnant) I really want to give my baby the best possible start in life. I feel like "What's Going on in There" has given me the background I need to feel confident that I am going to be capable of meeting all of my babies' needs.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 3 2002
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logical survey of what happens in the baby's brain for the 1st five years. Instead the book is organized by the five senses and ends with chapters on memory, intelligence. It also has a lot of info on the trauma that can occur in a baby's brain from vaginal births as well as some other material, that while interesting, doesn't seem to fit the title of the book. I expected to find enough info to decide when I would teach my child math, foreign languages, etc. In addition, I found two elements of the book disturbing enough to be distracting: the author brought her baby into her biology lab while she was actively conducting experiments (this can't be safe for a newborn or even legal in this country) and she cites several horrifically cruel neural studies where kittens had their eyes sutured shut. There's even a picture of a baby with a cranial hematoma and one of a baby wearing an electrode cap. I guess scientists have a much thicker skin for this sort of thing than you or me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nik on Jan. 9 2002
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It is a very comprehensive book. No doubt about it.
But now imagine that you have one-week-old baby that requires your attention
and these 544 pages of medical information about how neurons grow, and axons connect
and how "this" works that you can't even repeat without looking at it again.
This book has a lot of information. And this is a good book in this sense.
But I got bogged down in it. I simply didn't have time to make use of it.
I wanted a book, which would tell me "what" should be done
and a short and clear explanation "why".
So I believe this book has probably 30-40% more information than you actually need.
Or my advice is - read the book BEFORE you had a child.
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