Vivian Gussin Paley worked for nearly forty years as a preschool and kinder-garten teacher and is the author of thirteen books about young children, including, most recently, A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play.
"Her books... should be required reading wherever children are growing. Paley does not presume to understand preschool children, or to theorize. Her strength lies equally in knowing that she does not know and in trying to learn. She avoids the arrogance of adult to small child; of teacher to student; of writer to reader." -Penelope Leach, New York Times "Paley's argument, against which there is no argument, only ignorance, is that child's 'play' is a foundation of education, revealing of and creating social and imaginative skills. But as every educator or parent of a young child knows, the American craze for standardized testing has squeezed out time and funding for the arts, physical education, and 'play.'" -Bob Blaisdell, Chicago Tribune"