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

by David Shannon, Kathleen Westray (Designer)

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Member:MelissaSiobhan
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
Rating:*****
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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This is a modern fantasy picture book about a little girl who is afraid of what people think. She is so conscious of it that she refuses to eat lima beans, which are her favorite. On the first day of school she is particularly worried, then she looks in the mirror and screams. She is covered in stripes from head to toe. Every time a doctor tries something she morphs into whatever they say or try. No one seems to be able to help her. Until one day a little old lady says she has the cure. All the girl has to do is eat lima beans and things will go back to normal. The girl laughs at first afraid of what people will think. But she changes her mind and sure enough she turns back to normal. Now she eats lima beans without caring what people think. ( )
  kvelin | Apr 20, 2015 |
A Bad Case of Stripes is a story about how peer pressure truly can affect someones life. This book has one of the most creative illustrations I have ever seen. David Shannon makes each character so colorful and uses colors on Camilla to show her transformations throughout the story. The story teaches the readers that no matter what other people say or think about you, to be true to yourself. I think the language and the meaning of the story is more appropriate for older children. ( )
  cwierz2 | Apr 7, 2015 |
Camilla turns all kinds of patterns because she is afraid to be herself and embrace what she likes, lima beans. This book reveals that trying to please others causes nothing but problems, or in this case, colors. A funny and outrageous way to teach students to accept themselves and others, also to celebrate individual differences instead of passing judgement. After all, its hard work to not be yourself. ( )
  kitbraddick | Apr 5, 2015 |
A and case of strips is a story that teaches students that she should always be themselves, because it is better to be happy and themselves then pretend to be something their not. In Camilla's case, she loves Lima beans, they're her favorite food! Since she knows not a lot of people lie them too, she hides the fact that she likes them and won't admit it to herself. It is a big part of her personality that she is shielding from the world. When she wakes up, she finds that she is not herself and is covered in stripes. Eventually, after days of trying different methods to cure her, Camilla is unrecognizable, with different patterns, shapes and growths all over her body. When Camilla finally decides she could handle the laughter of people f=making fun of her love of Lima beans, she takes a heaping bite and is cured immediately. I think this story sends a good message to students to be who you are, as long as you are happy with yourself. The illustrations and graphics are imaginative and creative and follow along with the very descriptive text. Every student that i have read this with either has already read it and loved it enough to read it again or falls in love with it as it is read. I think it is a good book to go along with an art lesson or even a science lesson when discussing colors. ( )
  mskell2 | Apr 5, 2015 |
In this book a little girl is so worried about what everyone is going to think of her because she likes to eat lima beans and everyone else does not like them. Well the little girl lies about liking them and one morning she is trying on dresses for the first day of school and she can not decide what to wear after trying on so many outfits, the next thing you know she is covered in stripes. No one could figure out what was going on with her and every time someone tried it made it worse. Then came along a little old lady who knew all see needed was to eat some lima beans and finally the little girl admitted that she loved lima beans and eat them and changed back into herself. The main idea is always be yourself even if some people may not like you.

I like this book because the illustrations are setup in the book where they take up both pages of the book after every fourth page, until you get to the middle of the book than there are six pages where the illustrations are on both pages of the book and at the end of the book it goes back to illustrations on one side of the book. I think the illustrator did that to show the each progression of the illness got worse. Another reason I like this book is that every time someone told the character they wanted her to change she did and the illustrations portrayed it very well, like when the doctors told her to take all those pills she turned into pill. Over all I like the story and that it tells you to be yourself no matter what. ( )
  bwinte3 | Apr 3, 2015 |
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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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