Reviews Are Streaming in for Chess Is Child’s Play!

I am thrilled to share a few of the latest reviews for Chess Is Child’s Play – Teaching Techniques That Work:

Emile Pandolfi writes: Just got my copy in the mail and have only perused the book thus far.

However, as soon as I opened it, the book felt friendly, easy to get used to right away. For me, a book must invite me in at once. If it doesn’t, no matter how valuable the content, I will keep putting it aside unless it makes me feel welcome, awakens a new curiosity, you know what I mean?

I thumbed through the book, reading bits here and there to get a feel for the journey inside. I found the layout and general look of the book comfortable, attractive, and approachable. I found myself wanting to read it, not looking at it from a feeling of obligation, the way I would a textbook. I actually wanted to learn to play chess! (which I have never wanted to do before). It just looks so easy…

The highlighted areas had tips, special little pieces of wisdom, ideas on how to keep your child interested, how to make sure he keeps moving forward, that sort of thing. These authors are obviously very knowledgeable on the subject of education in general, not just specifically on how to teach chess. In other words, they seem to have taken a global approach – not just about chess, but about the subject of learning itself – with chess as the vehicle.

I am giving this to my daughter who has two boys; when she has worked with them on it, I will write another review of how it turned out. I have the highest expectations.

Austin Becker writes: If you want to teach your kids to play chess, this book gives a straightforward and pragmatic approach to teach you, the parent, how to teach your kids chess. It is not a book to give to your children and send them to their room with a bunch of pieces and checkered board. Rather, it offers an approach that minimizes frustration, capitalizes on the strengths of a child’s mind, and delivers far more than simply learning how to play a game. It guides parents not just through the rules and how the pieces move, but in understanding how kids learn, grow, and behave in the process. As Ben Franklin put it in 1750, “The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or the want of it.” Sherman and Kilpatrick give simple and meaningful instruction that can be used to teach children both the idle amusement of chess AND those valuable qualities of the mind that are so useful in the course of human life.

“Chess is Child’s Play” offers a new approach and a straightforward set of tools for bonding with your kids, while teaching them a skill set that will be with them for life! Three cheers for “Chess is Child’s Play” and a copy to each of my friends with young children!!

Stephen Jones writes: I’ve almost 20 years in publishing, and I was impressed with the production quality of the book. Based upon their combined coaching and playing experience, Laura’s book is visually appealing, well written and jam packed with original, practical content. Currently, ‘Chess is Child’s Play – teaching techniques that work’ is bouncing around in the Top 20 best-selling chess books on Amazon – amazing! Almost all of us share fond memories of being taught the game itself, and this is the true benefit of Laura’s book – the opportunity to create those memories with the next generation.

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Laura Sherman (119 Posts)

Laura Sherman, a.k.a. “Laura the Friendly Ghostwriter,” is a professional ghostwriter and author. She enjoys writing fiction and nonfiction and is happiest when juggling multiple projects. She recently authored “Chess Is Child’s Play” to introduce the next generation to the game of kings and queens. As a parent of three, and one of the top 50 women chess players in the United States, Laura wrote this book to teach any parent to teach any child, of any age, to play chess.