A Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist's Chronicle of His Daughter's Developing Mind

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Penguin, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 262 pages
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A father's intimate look at his daughter's developing mind from birth to age three.

Unlike any other time in our lives, we remember almost nothing from our first three years. As infants, not only are we like the proverbial blank slate, but our memories are like Teflon: nothing sticks. In this beautifully written memoir of his daughter's first three years, Charles Fernyhough combines his vivid observations with a synthesis of developmental theory, re-creating what that time, lost to the memory of adults, is like from a child's perspective.

In A Thousand Days of Wonder, Fernyhough, a psychologist and novelist, attempts to get inside his daughter Athena's head as she acquires all the faculties that make us human, including social skills, language, morality, and a sense of self. Written with a father's tenderness and a novelist's empathy and style, this unique book taps into a parent's wonder at the processes of psychological development.

Funny, touching, and fascinating, A Thousand Days of Wonderwill reveal the extraordinary journey into personhood that children make during the momentous first three years of life.
 

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Many psychologists, most notably Jean Piaget, have used their offspring as test subjects, but none has done so with such sweetness as Fernyhough brings to his account of his daughter's development ... Read full review

Contents

ITS LIKE THIS Remembering a Beginning
1
PRECONCEPTIONS Life Before Birth
9
BLOOMING BUZZING First Impressions of the Newborn
22
THOSE DRIVEN THINGS Coming to Know the People Who Shared Her World
35
WHOS PLAYING THAT PIANO? Acting Reacting and Gaining Control
47
CLOSING THE CIRCLE Object Lessons
56
WHERES THE BEAR? A Word for Everything
68
UM Language and Thought
87
THE SHINING THREAD A Self That Endures
122
BELIEVE ME Telling the Truth About Other Minds
145
ITS ABOUT A LITTLE MOUSE TheStory
156
THE YOUNG DOCTOR WHO Adventuresin
171
LIGHTNING RIDGE IS FALLING DOWN
189
IF YOU GO TO THE SEA OF LIFE BE SURE
204
WHERE IT TAKES YOU Casting into the Future
224
Acknowledgments
233

ALL BY MYSELF Emerging from the Mirror m
106

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About the author (2008)

CHARLES FERNYHOUGH studied developmental psychology at Cambridge University and is now a part-time lecturer in psychology at Durham University. He lives in County Durham, England, with his wife and two children. He is the author of the novel The Auctioneer and more than thirty research articles.

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