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A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes (original 1998; edition 1999)

by David Shannon, Kathleen Westray (Designer)

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Title:A Bad Case of Stripes
Authors:David Shannon
Other authors:Kathleen Westray (Designer)
Info:Scholastic Inc. (1999), Edition: First Scholastic Paperback Printing, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:stripes, being yourself, school issues, peer issues, sickness, David Shannon, fiction, lima beans, self-esteem, peer pressure, individuality

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A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon (1998)

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The illustrations are so colorful and fun. My students love the changes Camilla goes through in the story. This book also has a strong message to just be yourself. Kids easily pick up on this message.

Camilla decides to stop eating lima beans after other students tell her they are gross. She cares too much about what others think of her, she actually catches stripes! She turns the colors, patterns, and shapes the people around her say. By the end of the book she has morphed into her bedroom. Only going back to what she really loves, lima beans can save her. ( )
  Kelleighk1 | Sep 29, 2016 |
I loved how realistic, yet silly this book is. I loved the part when the class sang the Star Spangled Banner she was covered with stars. I also enjoyed the message about how being different can be very hard and when you are young, you just want to be like everyone else. This book will be good for children who enjoy comedy and all things silly. These kids will definitely enjoy the part when she takes her medicine and turns into the pill! I really enjoyed the detailed and bright-colored illustrations. Parents will love how the cure is Lima beans! Every child will be able to relate to only wanting to like things that are acceptable to their peers. Learning to not care what others think is the best message of this books! ( )
  mdinar2 | Sep 22, 2016 |
A Bad Case Of Stripes is a wonderful book for children. The message it delivers has a positive effect towards its readers. It teaches children that it's okay to like something that nobody else likes and that you don't always have to follow what everyone else does. I believe this is an extremely important read for children who are in Elementary school or Middle school that are trying to be their selves and not suppress personality traits. It's a good way in teaching students to go out and not worry about trying to change to fit into a certain group.

David Shannon was able to portray his message in a fun and interesting way to get his readers attention. My favorite part was when Camilla turned into the American flag when everyone was saying the Pledge of the Allegiance. The illustrations are colorful and funny. The story is very realistic for a child to relate to, but also has a mix of fantasy to make the story adventurous and exciting. This is a book that you will never forget. ( )
  mwatki5 | Sep 22, 2016 |
Camilla Cream loved lima beans, but she never ate them because all of her friends hated them. Camilla worried about what other people thought of her. She was trying on several outfits for the first day of school and when she looked in to the mirror she screamed. Camilla realized that she was covered in colorful stripes. She had a bad case of strips! Camilla goes to school and is made fun of because of the stripes. Students soon realize that her stripes can change into any color or pattern. The doctors and specialists can't seem to figure out what is wrong with Camilla. She changes into many colors and things begin to stick out of her. She even becomes her own room. At the end an old lady gives Camilla some lima beans and Camilla goes back to normal.
I loved the message that is portrayed in this book, being yourself. Not doing something that you love because others think it is weird. The illustrations were very creative. I love the colors and details that are illustrated in each transformation that Camilla takes on.
Classroom prompts:
I would use "A bad case of Stripes," as a read aloud when making predictions. The students could make a prediction about what they think will happen to Camilla. Will she stay colorful forever? or will she change back to her normal self?
Themes that can be covered are: individuality, peer pressure and fitting in.
  janetfuentes | Sep 20, 2016 |
Camilla gets a bad case of the stripes when she tries to conform to society. The cure can be found in doing what she actually likes to do,
  Jennaclubb | Sep 13, 2016 |
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To my wife, Heidi; and to my friend and teacher, Philip Hays, a.k.a. “Uncle Legend”
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Camilla Cream loved lima beans.
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K-Grade 2: Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don't like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she's so worried that she's about to break out in...a bad case of stripes!"Shannon's story is a good poke in the eye of conformity...and his empathetic, vivid artwork keeps perfect pace with the tale.
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"What we have here is a bad case of stripes. One of the worst I've ever seen!"

Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don't like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she's so worried that she's about to break out in...a bad case of stripes!

"Shannon's story is a good poke in the eye of conformity...and his empathetic, vivid artwork keeps perfect pace with the tale."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is expected, until the day arrives when she no longer recognizes herself.

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