This collection of essays is comforting in its authenticity, the insight and empathy so palpable that we are moved to say, ‘That’s really the way it is; that happened to me!’ Then the moment we feel reassured, and another essay startles us, with themes and behavior almost too painful to contemplate. From the frightening to the hopeful, from pretentions to the security of sensible places and secure relationships, Finding the Heart of the Child is reading for anyone who cares about children and families, schools, and society.