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This study examines twenty-three children's fiction books written about farmers and farms. Two major questions were investigated: (1) What are the characteristics of farms and farming that are given in the text and illustrations of children's fiction books, grade K-6? and (2) What are the demographic and attitudinal characteristics of farmers that are given in the text and illustrations of children's fiction books, grade K-6?

The research method used for this paper was content analysis of books listed in the Subject Guide to Children's Books in Print, 1978-1979, under the subject heading of Agriculture--Fiction and Farm Life--Fiction. Each book was analyzed by using a book recording instrument which was divided into two divisions·: (1) characteristics of farms and farming, (2) characteristics of farmers.

The findings of this study showed that children's fiction books do not represent the current statistical farmer or farming situation in at least fifty percent of the books analyzed. The books did not represent modernized farms in time with the mechanical and technological trends of the last twenty years.

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Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Elizabeth Martin


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