Eveline de Jong describes sympathetically the decisions taken and the emotional problems faced by parents who have, or have not, succeeded in bringing up their children to be bilingual. New parents who are considering a bilingual upbringing for their children will find the book helpful in choosing their own priorities and making their own decisions, bearing in mind the interests of their children and of themselves as mothers and fathers.
Aware that English will be a second language for many readers, the author writes in a plain and non-theoretical style. And throughout the book her accounts of her experiences with her own two children provide absorbing and sometimes amusing comment.
Although primarily directed to parents, the book will appeal to anyone interested in bilingual children, whether they are linguists, relatives, schoolteachers, or workers in the psychological and medical fields.