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...Heath’s essay, ‘What no bedtime story means: narrative skills at home and school’, which was reproduced in a volume entitled ‘Language socialization across cultures’, edited by B.B. Schieffelin and E. Ochs, and published by the Cambridge University Press in 1986. The primary claim of the essay is that, due to a disparity in literacy practices in different households and neighborhoods, children who are brought up in middle-class, middle-income homes, and experience a ‘mainstream’ literary experience in their preschool years, are far... better equipped for the educational environment of a school than their counterparts from lower-income homes and families. Therefore, the household in which a child spends their preschool years can have a major impact on their success and educational development for many years to come. We might consider the extent Brice’s thesis is convincing, and to what extent the evidence she offers to support it is comprehensive. It seems to me that Heath’s work is extremely convincing, and offers a helpful analysis of a hugely important issue, that is, giving children the best start possible in their education. Heath makes an important contribution to academic work on the importance of the preschool environment... ?How Children from Middle Families Enjoy a Head Start in Education ...