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A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
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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 cute, silly picture book that addresses a pretty important message. Camilla Cream is the main character and she loves lima beans. Except, she pretends she doesn't like lima beans because her friends don't like them, and she wants to fit in. One day, Camilla wakes up covered in stripes from head to toe. She doesn't know what is wrong with her, but the doctor says she should be able to still go to school. At school, Camilla's classmates tease her and call out colors and designs, which then appear on her skin. Camilla is sent home from school, and she undergoes many more bizarre transformations: turning into a pill, and even turning her into her bedroom. Doctors are puzzled and don't know how to help. Then, an old lady shows up and feeds Camilla lima beans. At first, Camilla doesn't want to eat them (because her friends would make fun of her) but she gives in and eats them, and turns back into her normal self. Camilla learns to be herself, and eat lima beans because she likes them-- even if her friends think she is weird.
  chloeford | Mar 22, 2017 |
In my opinion this is a very creative book. The book is good because the illustrations are creative with bright and colorful pictures that enhance the story. For example on page 8, Camilla is starting the Pledge of Allegiance in class and it makes her skin turn red, white, blue with stars. All of the illustrations are great visuals to go along with the writing. I also enjoyed the the plot in the book. First Camilla wants lima beans but doesn't eat them, then she starts to have a case of the bad stripes. This all starts a long day for Camilla who then starts to turn into whatever someone tells her, for example she turned into her bedroom and finally resolved when she ate lima beans. The big idea of this book is remember to stay who you are or else you will start to turn into someone who you aren't. ( )
  Jclark36 | Mar 12, 2017 |
students can use text connections and great graphic organizers and also comparisons of what is a physical feature and what is not ( )
  rri002 | Mar 3, 2017 |
This book sends a loud message that it is important to be yourself and be comfortable in your own skin. The main character worries so much about what others think about her that her skin changes based on what they say. When someone tells her that she has “checkerboards” then her skin breaks out into a checkerboard pattern. Identity is linked to consciousness of self. If Camilla, the main character, lets others define her identity then her own conception of herself may slip away. She realizes that she has this insecurity and doesn’t like her skin changing into all these patterns based on what others say. ( )
  KaitlynMahani | Mar 2, 2017 |
Camilla is a young girl who cares way too much about what people think of her. She decides to stop eating Lima beans which is her favorite food after other students tell her they are gross. Camilla then catches stripes after giving up Lima beans, she turns different colors and shapes that people around her say. By the end of the book she has become her own bedroom. But the only thing that could change her back was if she ate Lima beans. The moral of this story is that no matter what others think or tell you what to do, you must always remain true to yourself. It doesn’t matter what everyone else loves or dislikes, it matters what YOU love and what YOU dislike. ( )
  MaggieMurray | Mar 1, 2017 |
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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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