Why don't parenting books talk more about play?
Beautiful post Brendon. Play is how every young being learns. With play, babies and young children emulate the actions of older children and adults they observe, develop dexterity, and so much more.
Kim Hunter's film, "Time To Play" explores this in depth, focussing on the importance of play for young children, as the basis of all learning. A recent interview with Kim is here: https://rumble.com/v2fqakc-awaken-to-a-different-way-of-being-with-your-child.html
Kim's film, "Time To Play" can be seen here: https://timetoplayfilm.com/