Karl König was a man of great heart. Although he is best remembered as the founder of the Camphill Movement in Scotland – residential villages for children and adults with special needs – he was also a physician whose deep insights into human development offer a legacy of understanding and direction that those who work with children have turned to time and again. The First Three Years of the Child is such a work. In it, König unveils the hallmarks of those years in terms of the three great achievements that dominate them: Learning to walk, to speak and to think. It is these three distinct faculties that make us truly human and König offers us a detailed analysis of the “act of grace” that allows their acquisition. Highly recommended.