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The Wild, Messy Work of Love and Care
June 14, 2022
Shoshin wasuru bekarazu / Never forget the beginner’s spirit.
-Japanese proverb

"Experiences of love and touch animate children’s everyday life…We can explain love and describe how best to provide it, but love unfolds beyond the delineations between theoretical perspectives and concepts. Love grows wild — it becomes in relations, on its own irreducible terms. Like a dandelion, despite our best intentions to shape and mold the landscape, it grows up ‘between the cracks,’" writes Teresa K. Aslanian in the International Journal of Early Years Education.

In Illuminating Care, Carol Garboden Murray embraces, with a joyful seriousness, the complex world of early care and education as so much more than tasks or timelines:

"When we slip into the illusion that it is our job to fix the other, we lose our perspective on care and education. As practitioners of human development, we remind ourselves that we are not technicians. Unlike technicians, who can prescribe and predict outcomes as part of a task to repair and fix machines, we understand that human growth is organic, individual, messy and surprising. With care and education, we have to walk in the dark at times, we have to be open to confusion as well as delightful discovery."





Illuminating Care:
The Pedagogy and Practice of Care in
Early Childhood Communities

This best-selling book is back in stock!

Illuminating Care: The Pedagogy and Practice of Care in Early Childhood Communities is a powerful exploration of caregiving as a vital component of education and child development and a crucial building block of human community and society.

Carol Garboden Murray meaningfully invites educators, parents and caregivers to experience the essential strength and value of their care for young children, the artistry and integrity of it, in the routines of daily life.


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