Date of Award

Spring 4-25-2008

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Sal Vascellaro


Don't Yuck My Yum is an alphabet book that moves the reader through the experience children have when they are gathered in a restaurant for a party where each child orders a food that is somehow ruined. The phrase, "Don't Yuck My Yum", used as a refrain, is the children's angry response to receiving the disappointing plate, meaning, "don't ruin my delicious food." Because it is an alphabet book, there are 26 children, one for each letter, and a child's name that begins with each letter and a corresponding food. The story is punctuated every four stanzas with the refrain, "Don't Yuck My Yum." The story ends happily when their orders are fixed and they get just what they wanted.

The story is followed by two sections in which the story's appeal to six and seven-year-olds are examined and in which Don't Yuck My Yum is compared to other alphabet books for the age.

Finally, Don't Yuck My Yum was read to five classes of children in two very different settings. The classes included a kindergarten, two first grade, and two second grade classes. While distinctions could be made concerning the different ways in which the children from these grades and settings responded to the story, they all were consistently enthusiastic and engaged.


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Reading and literacy (Program of study)