Children in Distress

Children in Distress coverChildren in Distress
Clegg and Megson

Submitter: This book may have been a good choice back in 1979- maybe in England – but today the information is totally out of date. The financial information is in British Pounds and not very helpful to the American library where this book was found.
What really makes this awful is this yellowed, brittle, and out of date book was sent to the bindery recently instead of getting weeded!

Holly: I’m sure it was fine…in England…in 1979…but it’s weed-worthy now for sure! Not just weed-worthy, actually, but never really suited to an American public library in the first place. This item was selected, acquired, cataloged, processed, shelved, and possibly even checked out by patrons expecting something more relevant before it was weeded OVER 40 YEARS LATER! Remember, collection management isn’t just selection and weeding. Every stage I just mentioned was an opportunity for someone – anyone, in possibly multiple departments – to question its validity.

Work Shy Parents

School Environment

Guilt Blame Punishment

Needle Drill



  1. It’s too bad the people who originally bought these completely useless books probably aren’t still around to ask WTF they were thinking. But whoever sent it to the bindery needs a good talking-to.

  2. England decimalized its money in 1971, so the quotes referencing “£13 8s. 6d.” being from “last year” made me think this was first published long before this 1979 printing. I did a little digging and found a review of it on the Oxford Clinical Psychology site that gives the publication date as 1968.

  3. Not only that, the first picture shows British money in the old pre-decimalization system of pounds, shillings and pence. That was changed in 1971!

    Were kids really made to thread needles as punishment at one time? Yeesh.

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