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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Glenn R. Pease

First Committee Member

Marion Pease

Second Committee Member

J. William Harris


Our California Bird Friends is an attempt to interest children in birds, by presenting a group of factual stories describing the habits and characteristics, the courage and cleverness of various birds. It is hoped that it will fill a definite need in nature study. The stories are limited to proven facts, presented in a manner which the elementary school child of the fourth, firth, and sixth grades may readily read and understand.

The element of reality in the thesis is greatly enhanced by the nature of the illustrations, which are photographs and sketches or real birds in true-to-fact situations.

It is hoped that the thesis will be found valuable either for oral or silent reading. The stories are intended to stimulate oral reading, but are simple enough and of suitable length for rapid independent silent reading. The tests which follow the stories provide definite comprehensive checks.



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