Research Papers on Children's Literature

Click on any of the term papers to read a brief synopsis of the research paper. The essay synopsis includes the number of pages and sources cited in the paper.

  • Life and Writings of Dr. Seuss

    Theodor Seuss Geisel's life and writings are examined in an overview consisting of five pages. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • An Analysis of Charlottes Web By E.B. White

    This 5 page essay reviews this phenomenally popular childrens book about a learned spider and a young pig. 3 sources.

  • Analysis of the Cheshire Cat and White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

    The cat and rabbit's roles are examined in this analysis of Alice in Wonderland consisting of seven pages. Four other sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Animals in the Fairy Tales of The Brothers Grimm

    In six pages this paper analyzes the animal symbolism evident in the Brothers' Grimm stories Little Red Riding Hood, The Frog King, and Cinderella. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Harry Potter's Life Lessons

    In five pages this paper considers social interaction and personal development as they are related in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Sharon Liddell's Children's Book, Being Big

    Sharon Liddell's Being Big is critiqued in three pages. There are no other sources listed.

  • The Lion Aslan in C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    This paper consisting of four pages features an analysis of Aslan the lion. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Christian Symbolism in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

    In three pages an analysis of the Christian symbolism found in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is presented. There are no other sources listed.

  • Carl Jung's Possible Influence on Grimm's Fairy Tales

    This paper proposes the possibility that the Grimm's fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, was influenced by Jung's theories of the collective unconscious. The author discusses the make up of the psyche as wel as Jung's archetypes of the self, the shadow, and the god-image. This 8 page paper has 5 sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Jung's Archetypes as They Correlate to Fairy Tales

    An article that suggests the theory that Jung's theories and archetypes can be applied to interpret certain fairy tales. This 11 page paper has 6 sources listed in the bibliography.

  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

    In three pages this essay contrasts and compares how children and adults perceive this story's meaning in a consideration of the similarities and differences that exist between them. There is no bibliography included.

  • Harry Potter's Adult World

    In 6 pages this paper examines the very adult quest of a hero in the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling. Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Theodore 'Dr. Seuss' Geisel

    In five pages Dr. Seuss's children's books are examined in terms of the messages that are contained within 2 of the texts. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    In four pages this paper defends the book fundamentalist Christians demanded be banned as a valuable text. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Jon Scieszka's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

    In five pages this paper discusses storytelling within the context of this work by Jon Scieszka along with The Classic Fairy Tales of Maria Tatar. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • A Review of Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry

    A 3 page essay reviewing the book Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry. 1 source.

  • Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter

    In seven pages this essay considers how Lewis Carroll's text and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone fairytale fantasies, comparing and contrasting these works. There are no other sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Douglas Bond's Mr. Pipes Comes to America

    In three pages Douglas Bond's book is discussed. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Gold and Bettelheim: Fairy Tales

    This 4 page paper is a reaction to articles by Kari Gold and Bruno Bettelheim, in which the authors discuss fairy tales. The paper argues that Gold's approach is more accessible than Bettelheim's, who tends to go deeper into psychological examination of the stories than is supported by the text. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Lois W. Johnson/Trouble at Wild River

    A 3 page book review of a juvenile novel. Trouble at Wild River by Lois W. Johnson is a thrilling, suspense novel geared toward pre-teen readers. The suspenseful narrative propels the novel, as the young people, Kate and Anders, endeavor to discover who has been changing the ownership markings on the logs that farmers will be sending down river. However, the novel has a broader appeal than that of a simply mystery, as it addresses how Kate is adapting to her new family. Her mother has recently married Anders’s father. Also there are familial issues with her mother’s brother Ben. As this suggests, the volatile emotions of a pre-teen girl are addressed within the framework offered by the mystery. No additional sources cited.

  • An Extra Chapter for “Johnny Tremaine”

    This 3 page paper discusses what a writer might do to create an additional chapter for the children’s book “Johnny Tremaine.”

  • Johnny Tremain

    A 3 page essay that addresses aspects of this novel. Esther Forbes' classic coming-of-age novel set in the Revolutionary era has as its protagonist a talented, intelligent, but somewhat arrogant fourteen-year-old boy, Johnny Tremain. The writer describes Johnny's maturation process, the novel's themes and other aspects. No additional sources cited.

  • Submissive Characters In Children's Literature: Influence Upon Self-Perception In Female Children

    6 pages in length. Children's literature is replete with visual imagery of worlds that exist beyond reality's realm; to equip a child with a story that takes her outside her established precepts is to fortify that young mind with additional learning tools for life. However, not every lesson learned within the pages of children's literature is of a positive nature, inasmuch as some messages drive home antiquated gender identity roles that impose significantly distorted perceptions upon naïve and vulnerable readers. When cast as submissive characters by virtue of their gender, children are taught that such famous "people" as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty represent how women are expected to be in the real world; without benefit of truly understanding the fantasy component of children's literature, they take with them these skewed perceptions and unknowingly incorporate them into their own psychological development. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Picture Book on Autism

    This book review is on Amanda D. Tourville's My Friend Has Autism, which is illustrated by Kristin Sorra. An informative, sensitive book for ages 5 and up, the writer describes the book and discusses its use in the classroom. Three pages in length, only the book is cited.

 

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