My Honors Thesis is an original fairytale intended for girls ages eleven-fourteen. It is hand illustrated, with full color images and smaller illustrations that appear at the end of every chapter. For my undergraduate research, I analyzed Ernest Hemingway, Gail Carson Levine, Louisa May Alcott, Jago, Eric Carle, and Franko Clunn, among many others. The purpose of this essay is to answer some of the questions I asked myself while creating my project: “what has been done previously in young adult literature and illustration that I would like to borrow from?” “What has not been widely done before that I would like to try?” and “Why are the things I want to try beneficial to my audience?” I looked at major Fairytale themes and their relation to pre-teen and teenage girls, along with the relevance of original fairytales. I also researched illustrations and their use in aiding comprehension (such as comic books and manga). I also discuss the process that went into deciding the level of vocabulary I chose to use for my project. After researching this project, I eventually came to the conclusion that Art does not need a defense (from an educational standpoint). My thesis fulfilled its purpose as a personal expression.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 12-4-2015


Gay Sweely

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Art and Design

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Art and Design