Review by: Walter Drew, Co-Author of From Play to Practice - February 6, 2017
"A brilliant piece of work! Best, most inspiring new thinking that makes the connection between play, research, and early learning standards clear and compelling. Powerful insights answer the question 'How do I as a teacher use what children do best to help them gain essential concepts and skills needed to succeed in school and life?' Tom Rendon and Gaye Gronlund have set the foundation for putting play right at the heart of the curriculum and high quality professional development like no other book I have read!"
Review by: Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, University of Delaware, author of Becoming Brilliant - January 5, 2017
"Saving Play is a delightful book—using research and written by an administrator and a practitioner—a great combination. Who says play is antithetical to learning? Even learning based on standards. Rendon and Gronlund show us how play is integral to helping children learn, and not just an extra that gets thrown in for 10 minutes between 'learning activities.' Playful learning is essential to helping children think, learn, and remember. Bravo for bringing these important ideas to life!"
Review by: Elizabeth Jones, Pacific Oaks College - December 28, 2016
"A timely survival guide. This wonderfully challenging, readable book invites us to sharpen our perceptions of a whole range of state and national standards and to share responsibility for explaining them to teachers and parents and the public. As a standards-resister myself, I've just been won over. Read this book!"