Hide and Seek
A history of children's play shows that it is anything but trivial.
CHILDREN AT PLAY:
An American History
By Howard P. Chudafoff.
New York Univ. Press. 269 pp. $27.95
Shortly after classes started this year, tag was banned from yet another playground, this one at an elementary school in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Chasing offended some sensibilities. In defending the decision, an administrator noted that only two parents had raised objections to the new rule. At a time when children’s play seems under siege, Howard Chudacoff ’s history—the first of its kind—arrives to tell us what we are letting slip away...