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Children's Special Places

Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood

David Sobel

Childhood Studies, Education

Landscapes of Childhood Series

Published: December 2001
ISBN: 9780814330265
Pages: 192 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 11 black and white images
Published: December 2001
ISBN: 9780814337622

From the ages of five to twelve, the middle years of childhood, young people explore their surroundings and find or construct private spaces. In these secret places, children develop and control environments of their own and enjoy freedom from the rules of the adult world. Children's Special Places enters these hidden worlds, reveals their importance to children's development and emotional health, and shows educators, parents, and other adults how they can foster a bond between young people and nature that is important to maturation.

David Sobel is the director of the Teacher Certification Programs in the Education Department of Antioch New England Graduate School.