The Gardener and the Carpenter

The Gardener and the Carpenter


  • Author : Alison Gopnik
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2016-08-09
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429944335


The Gardener and the Carpenter Book Description :

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
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2016-08-09
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374229702


The Gardener and the Carpenter Book Description :

"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
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-08-25
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473546493


The Gardener and the Carpenter Book Description :

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 Gardener and the Carpenter

The Gardener and the Carpenter


  • Author : Alison Gopnik
  • Publisher : Picador
  • Release Date : 2017-08-01
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 1250132258


The Gardener and the Carpenter Book Description :

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. - Excerpted and widely shared and discussed in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal - For readers of Julie Lythcott-Haims

The Philosophical Baby
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

The Philosophical Baby


  • Author : Alison Gopnik
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2009-08-04
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429959445


The Philosophical Baby Book Description :

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 Hidden Brain
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

The Hidden Brain


  • Author : Shankar Vedantam
  • Publisher : Spiegel & Grau
  • Release Date : 2010-01-19
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781588369390


The Hidden Brain Book Description :

The hidden brain is the voice in our ear when we make the most important decisions in our lives—but we’re never aware of it. The hidden brain decides whom we fall in love with and whom we hate. It tells us to vote for the white candidate and convict the dark-skinned defendant, to hire the thin woman but pay her less than the man doing the same job. It can direct us to safety when disaster strikes and move us to extraordinary acts of altruism. But it can also be manipulated to turn an ordinary person into a suicide terrorist or a group of bystanders into a mob. In a series of compulsively readable narratives, Shankar Vedantam journeys through the latest discoveries in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral science to uncover the darkest corner of our minds and its decisive impact on the choices we make as individuals and as a society. Filled with fascinating characters, dramatic storytelling, and cutting-edge science, this is an engrossing exploration of the secrets our brains keep from us—and how they are revealed.

The Essential Urban Farmer

The Essential Urban Farmer


  • Author : Novella Carpenter
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2012-01-10
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101559321


The Essential Urban Farmer Book Description :

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.

The Scientist In The Crib
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

The Scientist In The Crib


  • Author : Alison Gopnik
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061846915


The Scientist In The Crib Book Description :

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
Score: 4
From 24 Ratings

Farm City


  • Author : Novella Carpenter
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2009-06-11
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 1101060174


Farm City Book Description :

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 a

Harvey the Carpenter

Harvey the Carpenter


  • Author : Lars Klinting
  • Publisher : Kingfisher
  • Release Date : 2005-06-16
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 0753459124


Harvey the Carpenter Book Description :

Harvey's workshop is messy, so he decides to build a toolbox for storing his tools. He saws and sands, hammers and drills, until his toolbox is done--with only a few mishaps along the way. Plans at the end show children how to make a toolbox like Harvey's.