This unique book is an accessible, child-centered introduction to child growth and development. It presents the most up-to-date information in descriptive terms to inform readers about how children look, sound, and behave. Practical and research-based, without being research-oriented, it looks at children over small time periods to reveal patterns of growth and development -- the differentiation and integration that make each age interesting. The text strives to convey a sympathetic understanding of children that parents and teachers can use in their interactions with young people. This non-textbook book is a practical, user- friendly resource.Elkind, David is the author of 'Sympathetic Understanding of the Child Birth to Sixteen', published 1994 under ISBN 9780205150182 and ISBN 0205150187.