The Express - Life May 4th 1999 "The Children's Champion"
Good parenting is big business. There are childcare manuals, classes and videos, there are experts lining up to give you technical details on how to feed, dress and play with your child. We'd like to believe there is a "right" way as we try to take the anxiety out of parenting. Yet a startling book tells us all we really need to know. It is not a manual telling you when to stop bottle-feeding, it is an amazing collection of philosophical epigrams and insights.
Korczak forthrightly states that if you have not retained some of the magic of your own childhood then perhaps the beauty of your own children will be lost on you. His writings range from the stark and simple to the complex interpretation of a child's silence. "The child is honest. When he does not answer, he answers. He doesn't want to lie and he is too frightened to tell the truth. To my surprise, I have stumbled upon a new thought. Silence is sometimes the highest expression of honesty". Korczak's sense of childhood's wonder never evaded him and that is what makes this such an inspirational book.