Show-and-tell was the very best part of school for me, bothas a student and as a teacher. As a kid, I put more into getting ready for my turn to presenttha I put into the rest of my homework. Show-and-tell was real in a way that much os what I learned in school was not. It was education that came out of my life experience. As a teacher, I was always surprised by what I learned from these amateur hours. A kid I was sure I knew well would reach down into a paper bag he carried and fish out some odd-shaped treasure and attach meaning to it beyond my most extravagant expectation. again and again I learned that what I thought was only true for me... only valued by me... only cared about me... was common property. The principles guiding this book are not far from the spirit of Show-and-tell. It is stuff from home - that place in my mind and heart where I most truly live.