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Michael Rosen's Book of Play: Why play really matters, and 101 ways to get more of it in your life

Michael Rosen Charlotte Trounce Kirty Topiwala



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05 November 2019
Society & culture: general; Psychology; Popular psychology
These days, we seem to have less and less time for play. At school, children are focused on exams, while at home we're all glued to our phones and iPads.

Here, Michael Rosen shows us why we need more play in our lives. He explores the influence of play on everyone from Shakespeare to Dickens and Dali, delving into the history of play via puns, nonsense, improvisation and physical toys. He also explains why play is a core part of child development, proven to bolster creativity and resilience.

Above all, play should be fun - and this book is full of silliness and laughter. Every chapter features exercises and prompts for creative indoor and outdoor play for all the family, with specially designed pages for scribbling, word play and more, illustrated by Charlotte Trounce.
By:   Michael Rosen
Illustrated by:   Charlotte Trounce
Edited by:   Kirty Topiwala
Imprint:   Profile
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 207mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   409g
ISBN:   9781788161909
ISBN 10:   1788161904
Series:   Wellcome Collection
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   05 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Rosen is one of the best-loved figures in the children's book world, renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and education campaigner. His bestselling books include We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen's Sad Book and Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry. Michael Rosen's Book of Play is published in association with Wellcome Collection, a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we think and feel about health. Inspired by the medical objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection exhibitions, events and books explore a diverse range of subjects, including consciousness, forensic medicine, emotions, sexology, identity and death.

Reviews for Michael Rosen's Book of Play: Why play really matters, and 101 ways to get more of it in your life

Play, make-believe, nonsense talk, it all comes naturally to us when we're young. As one of our most beloved children's authors, poets and storytellers, it's a knack Rosen has never grown out of ... Yet now, more than ever, Rosen argues that there's an important role for play in all our lives. -- Boudicca Fox-Leonard * Sunday Telegraph * The former children's laureate advocates play for everyone, young or old. The book has a friendly, lively tone as it explores role play, ad-libbing, dressing up, toys, art, stories and wordplay. * i Newspaper *

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