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A Bad Case of Stripes – David Shannon

Title: A Bad Case of Stripes

Author: David Shannon

Genre: Children’s Book, Picture Book

Plot: Camilla desperately wants to fit in at school. One of the problems is that she loves lima beans, but no one else does. She’s afraid that if she eats them in front of the other kids, they’ll laugh at her. She she hides the fact. On the first day of school, Camilla wakes up with her whole body covered in stripes. The doctor can’t find anything wrong with her. The next day she goes back to school, still covered in stripes. The kids start laughing at her when her stripes start changing colors and patterns. The school asks Camilla to stay home until she feels better. Nothing the doctors do can her feel better or make the stripes disappear. Is there anything make Camilla feel better? Can anything make her stripes disappear?

Rating: 4.0 – a good book about being yourself

Opinion: This was one of my favorite books growing up. It’s a great book about being true to yourself.I loved it cause it’s silly and the pictures are great. I love it now because of the message. I still find the pictures really well done. It’s a bit long for the kids I work with, but they still found it entertaining and the pictures silly. Though I think the true message of the story went over their heads. This book is good for those who have a kid who want to fit in, or is struggling to fit in. It can be helpful to teach kids that other people like different things and not everyone has to like the same things. I highly recommend this book for classrooms because of its message.

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