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The Political Life of Children By Robert Coles
“Robert Coles . . . is to the stories that children have to tell what Homer was to the tale of the Trojan War.” —The New York Times Book Review
The Moral Life of Children
By Robert Coles
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-87113-770-8 • $16.95 • Paperback • Mar. 2000
Psychology
This searching inquiry represents the newest investigation by one of the nation’s best-known and best-loved child psychiatrists, author of many volumes including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Children of Crisis series. This book, together with its companion volume, The Political Life of Children has been under preparation for a decade.

In these vivid pages you will hear the voices—and examine the drawings—of children of varying origins and ages, facing every kind of moral challenge. Beginning with “Ruby,” for example, a black six-year-old caught up in the school desegregation crisis in New Orleans, Dr. Coles goes on to explore the moral reactions of children to life at school and at home, in movies and on the street. He shows us children of the poorest classes of Rio de Janeiro (“cunning as the animals in the jungle”), living by their wits in the favelas of the city, or even selling their bodies to tourists along the Copacabana—yet these children, despite their circumstances, are leading lives of intense moral awareness. Dr. Coles goes on to ask, “Why do some children who have so little seem also to have so much?” One of the children is described: “He has learned after only ten years on earth to stay alive, to master a modern city, to spar with death, even anticipate its arrival, contemplate its many possibilities: a grown mind’s moral imagination at work in the continuing life of one of the earth’s vulnerable children.”

In such warm and touching words as these, Dr. Coles brings us knowledge of children’s mind and consciences that no one else has even ventured to explore. He concludes by looking profoundly into the ways in which children of all races and climes respond to the threat of a nuclear arms race.

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