Books: Now, Children

SPEARPOINT by SYLVIA ASHTON-WARNER 224 pages. Knopf. $5.95.

"What about picking up your blocks, Henry?"

"I dowanna...and I don't have to."

"Well, who else is to pick them up?"

"Not me, you dum-dum!"

Once upon a time into the country of the doubly young—five-year-olds, American five-year-olds, living like some future race at an experimental school in the Rockies—there came an elderly stranger. She was doubly alien, a grandmother and a New Zealander. Yet Sylvia Ashton-Warner had her visas in order, even her special credentials. Or so she thought. Had she not written a book called Teacher...

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