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Book of the week : Children seen and heard

Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society Edited by Paula S Fass Thomson Gale pound;325 (3 volumes)

Only during the past 40 years have children finally been allowed into history books as the main subject. Although sources remain limited and facts often scarce, exciting, pioneering work about what it was once like to be a child is at last an academic reality. And now here is the first encyclopedia of the history of childhood, consisting of 445 articles and 250 illustrations in three volumes written by more than 300 international scholars and costing a whopping pound;325.

The results are fascinating. Take the first and last entries, "Abandonment" and "Zoot suit riot", as brief but stimulating glimpses of the past still very much as a foreign country.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;

Read the review in full innbsp;this week's TES Friday magazine

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