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This research study was designed to determine if found and developed objective measuring techniques, using children's preferences and interests, were effective when applied to the illustrations of picture storybooks.

Using only fourteen books written and illustrated by Stan and Jan Berenstain, the five methods used to gather data for this study were: 1) applying the Picture Potency Formula to obtain the language stimulation value of each book; 2) Using a kindergarten child to determine if the essence of the story can be told by a child from lookin0 at the illustrations; 3) recording the number of times the main character(s) was contained in the illustrations of each book; 4) having a third grade child give a page by page expansion of two of the books to determine if the main character(s) was necessary to the illustrations; and 5) counting the number of half-inch squares which contained parts of the illustration to determine page utilization.

The study suggests that: 1) counting the number of times the main, character(s) appeared in the illustrations of a book revealed no new insights; 2) the importance of page utilization was questionable; and 3) the best objective measuring technique's probably would include using a revised Picture Potency Formula and children's own reactions to the illustrations.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Mary Lou Mc Grew


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