ERIC Number: ED390406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Bible Stories in Picture Book Format.
Schaner, Kevin L.
This document compares English-language Bible-based picture books by religious publishers and trade publishers, offering an assessment of quality and authenticity of traditional literature in this genre. Discussions of the genre's history, of recent sales trends, and of the contribution of exposure to Bible stories at a young age to later cultural literacy form a framework for the study. It addresses several categories of content analysis and physical and aesthetic attributes, including: (1) particularly single story vs. story collection format; (2) Old Testament vs. New Testament texts; (3) original stories vs. adaptations and retellings; (4) use of illustrations to demonstrate the magnitude of a story; (5) logical sequence of illustrations; (6) Biblical accuracy; (7) presence and quality of additional information and references; (8) classification; (9) book construction; (10) end papers; (11) front matter; (12) tailpieces; (13) clarity of illustrations; and (14) clarity of text. Strengths include: correct Dewey classification, acceptable clarity in text and pictures, inclusion of book jackets, equal treatment of Old and New Testaments, and historical accuracy by trade publishers. Weaknesses include: lack of standards in construction, lack of citations to the Bible, poor sequencing of illustrations, and overemphasis on conveying a message by religious publishers. Fourteen tables summarize the data, and a detailed list is provided of the 50 books and 30 publishers represented in the study. (Contains 18 references.) (BEW)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Authenticity; Book Design; Book Jackets; Book Sales
Note: Master's Research Paper, Kent State University.