Date of Award

Summer 6-1995

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Salvatore Vascellaro


:Emma Rose" is a short story about an overweight seven year old girl whose mother helps her cope with the pain of being teased because of her obesity. Although Emma Rose is only seven, the story speaks to children between the ages of ten and twelve in that it addresses early adolescent issues such as: peer pressure and acceptance, moral reasoning, self-image, and the role of adult guidance in the search for self.

In addition to the story itself, this paper describes and analyzes children's responses to the story and shows how the central issues faced by Emma Rose reflect developmental agendas of pre-adolescent and adolescent children. The story is also examined in relation to other stories written for this age group on the issue of obesity.


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