“Human beings were never born to read,” writes Tufts
University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf.
Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to
learn something new. In this ambitious, provocative book, Wolf chronicles the
remarkable journey of the reading brain not only over the past five thousand
years, since writing began, but also over the course of a single child’s life,
showing in the process why children with dyslexia have reading difficulties and
Lively, erudite, and rich with examples, Proust and the
Squid asserts that the brain that examined the tiny clay tablets of the
Sumerians was a very different brain from the one that is immersed in today’s
technology-driven literacy. The potential transformations in this changed
reading brain, Wolf argues, have profound implications for every child and for
the intellectual development of our species. Download and start listening now!