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The purpose of this study was to investigate children's books and determine if they are portraying agricultural changes over the last 100 years, and whether the different revolutions of farming (horse, tractor, and technology) and alternative methods of farming are being represented.

The population of books examined were picture books, juvenile fiction, and informational books appropriate for K-6th grade. The population was limited to books published between 1982-2002, the United States as the geographical setting, and the main focus of the story was a farm setting. Fifty books were randomly selected from specific subject headings. The researcher discovered that modem agriculture is underrepresented in children's fictional books. Informational books provided a better representation of modem agriculture. Certain types of agriculture appear to be represented more often in children's books. Authors of children's fictional books still appear to be biased toward the Old MacDonald farm setting.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Barbara Safford


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