BOOK REVIEW: Who’s Calling the Shots? How to Respond Effectively to Children’s Fascination with War Play & War Toys

Who’s Calling the Shots? How to Respond Effectively to Children’s Fascination with War Play & War Toys, by Nancy Carlsson-Paige 

This is an INCREDIBLE book! I think EVERYONE should read it! It will make you see things in a whole new light. Not just about war play, this book dives into even deeper issues, including the media’s marketing to children, the importance of dramatic play to our children’s healthy development, and much more!

This book talks about how its natural for kids to play war games…that there can be a level of healthiness to it. It gives you dos and don’ts for war play and explains why this is such an ever-present theme in young children’s play. I also found it fascinating to read the information on how this kind of play has evolved over time. The authors explain why the war play of today is very different from the war play of our parents and grandparents. I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone!!

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