Date of Award

Spring 4-26-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Susan Stires


This study looks to explain why Maurice Sendak's works have achieved a place in the classic cannon of children's literature. It starts by discussing children's literary theory and looks at the era of children's literature within which Sendak wrote, his illustrations, and his writing. The study then looks at psychoanalytic themes in his work. It analyzes the use of the conscious, unconscious, id, and ego. It further describes the use of archetypes of the collective unconscious in Sendak's work and why this connects to many readers. Then, the study describes bibliotherapy, books as therapeutic aids, and discusses how Sendak's books can help to heal and aid in children's development. Finally, the paper argues that since Sendak has achieved a place in the classic cannon of children's literature, educators should use his works to help promote self­ regulation skills and literary readers.


Early childhood and childhood general education dual certification (Program of study)

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