It is not uncommon for the drawings of our little ones to end up in the wastepaper basket. Yet these early artistic expressions contain important statements about children's development. From the first scratches and scribbles up to the detailed sketches of houses and people, children's drawings are significant manifestations of inner processes, and indications of the gradual incarnation into a physical body. Michaela Strauss's classic book is a pioneer work that can strengthen observation, understanding and love for the being of the child, both in the parental home and the kindergarten. First issued in 1978, it is republished here with revisions, improved reproductions and a larger format. MICHAELA STRAUSS built on the work of her father Hanns Strauss, a painter and art teacher, who collected thousands of children's drawings and compared and evaluated them. Stimulated by Rudolf Steiner's lecture course The Study of Man, this research became his life's consuming interest. After her father's early death, Michaela continued his research and brought this book to publication.