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A Bad Case of Stripes

A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

Written by: David Shannon 


 This book is about a young girl named Camilla Cream and her love of Lima beans. Unfortunately, she worries about what others think of her because she is so different from them. So the moment she wants to fit in, she becomes completely covered in stripes! In fact, she changes into whatever is around her. If fitting in was hard enough for Camilla in the first place, what is it going to take for her to be comfortable in her own skin? 


I LOVE this book. This message is one that all students need to hear and understand. I would use this book on 2nd-4th graders. It is very important for students as they get older to realize that being different is good and that everyone needs to be comfortable with how they are on the inside and outside. These students also need to realize that the only opinion that matters is their own. An activity I would do with my students would be a character trait chart that goes over Camilla's inside and outside traits. I would also give the students a picture of a blank head and ask them to decorate it and create a collage of all the unique faces the students came up with.