Title: A Bad Case of Stripes
Author: David Shannon
Year published: 2004
Number of pages: 30
Recommended age: 5+
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1. What is the story about? This book is about a girl who won’t eat lima beans so she gets a case of stripes.
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I like the pictures because they are creative.
3. Who is/are the main character(s)? Can you relate to them? Camilla is the main character. I cannot relate to Camilla because if I liked lima beans I would eat them.
4. Have you experienced anything in your life like what happens in this book? What happened? Yes. I have a “wo-wo.” My “wo-wo” is a stuffed animal that I have had since I was a baby. I still like him even if my friends make fun of me about him.
5. What is your favorite part of the story? My favorite part of the story is when she turns into her bedroom.
6. What is your least favorite part of the story? My least favorite part is when she sprouted roots and berries and feathers, she looked creepy.
7. Are there parts of the story that don’t make sense? I didn’t understand the part when Camilla turns into a pill because nobody could turn into a big pill.
8. What lessons did you learn from this story? No matter what people think, you should do what you want to do.
9. Who do you think would like this book? I would recommend this book to all of my friends.
Daughter's Rating: ★★★★★
What it’s about: A Bad Case of Stripes is about a little girl named Camilla. Camilla really likes lima beans but she wouldn’t eat them because the other children did not like them. It was the first day of school and Camilla comes down with the most horrible affliction: Stripes! She becomes striped, polka-dotted, and even checker-boarded. Her appearance keeps changing. Specialists are called to try to treat Camilla but she continues to look different. She takes on the appearance of the remedies she is given, and the ailments she is diagnosed with. She continues to change in appearance until she is un-recognizable. At the end of the story, a little old woman comes and gives Camilla lima beans. When Camilla admits she likes lima beans, she is cured and she looks like herself again. Afterwards, Camilla eats all of the lima beans she wants and never has a case of stripes again.
My thoughts: This is a great book with wonderful illustrations. The message it delivers is so important for developing little minds. It teaches children that it is okay to have different likes and opinions. You don’t have to follow the crowd.
My bottom line: A Bad Case of Stripes is a book we have read over and over in our house. Issy is now able to read this book to her 3 year old sister who also loves it. We originally checked it out from the library and after checking it out over and over, we purchased our own copy. A Bad Case of Stripes is a great read-aloud book for children between the ages of 4 and 7. Some of the vocabulary is advanced and it a longer book than some of our other favorite read-aloud books.
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