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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL through a finished product. I also appreciated the many, many concrete examples of exactly how a teacher or provider might work with children to explore color, texture, and tools with paint, glue, paper, and fragments collected from the world of nature or the household. In sum, the main goal of this book is to share the concrete strategies the author has discovered for how teachers can help children flourish in their capacities to express, represent, and communicate. He grounds all of his ideas in relationship- based education—that is, the perspective that children learn in the context of close and caring relationships with peers and adults. I have seen many outstand­ ing toddler teachers in my time, and I know they readily invite children to explore materials, but I believe this new book will provide teachers with welcome informa­ tion on enriching what and how materials are offered to toddlers and explaining why teachers should document and plan. The book is less about the documenta­ tion process itself than other resources I could also recommend, and less about the detailed analysis and interpretation of the evidence of children’s learning, than it is about teaching strategies in early arts education. Teachers and providers do need to know more about these skills—for instance, how to select and combine materials, introduce repetition and variation, break things into small steps, plan sequences, and unpack symbols. As more and more children enter group care at younger ages, we educators need to expand our repertoire of ways to extend children’s expressive creativity and feed their budding desires to make a mark on their environment and establish a first sense of identity and belonging. For Further Reading Edwards, Carolyn Pope, Lella Gandini, and George Forman, eds. 2012. The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation. 3rd ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. Edwards, Carolyn Pope, and Wen-Li Liu. 2002. “Parenting Toddlers.” In the second edition of Children and Parenting, vol. 1 of Handbook of Parenting, edited by Marc H. Bornstein, 45–72. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Edwards, Carolyn Pope, and Carlina Rinaldi, eds. 2009. The Diary of Laura: Perspectives on a Reggio Emilia Diary. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press. Raikes, Helen H., and Carolyn Pope Edwards. 2009. Extending the Dance in Infant and Toddler Caregiving: Enhancing Attachment and Relationships. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Foreword  xi