You Can't Say You Can't Play

 Image description: Book cover for You Can't Say You Can't Play by Vivian Gussin Paley. The cover has four connected paper doll cutouts at the top and a single paper doll cutout at the bottom.

Author: Vivian Gussin Paley

Publisher: Harvard University Press (paperback edition)

List price: $20.50

Summary: Who of us cannot remember the pain and humiliation of being rejected by our classmates? However thick-skinned or immune to such assaults we may become as adults, the memory of those early exclusions is as palpable to each of us today as it is common to human experience. We remember the uncertainty of separating from our home and entering school as strangers and, more than the relief of making friends, we recall the cruel moments of our own isolation as well as those children we knew were destined to remain strangers. In this book Vivian Paley employs a unique strategy to probe the moral dimensions of the classroom.