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review 2017-04-08 02:54
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

Even though Camilla loves lima beans, she pretends that she hates them so that she fits in with her friends, who all hate them. One day, Camilla wakes up covered in stripes. The condition worsens and she starts to become the things that she’s doing or eating, or even what people are saying to her! Camilla’s last hope of going back to normal was to eat lima beans. She was hesitant at first, but knew it was all she could do. After she eats them, she turns back to normal. Camilla learns a lesson about being yourself and not conforming to others’ opinions.



In the classroom, this book could be used for teaching lessons and morals about being yourself and accepting others as they are. Students can learn about how they should not be afraid to be themselves and have their own opinions, even if they are different.



  • Lexile Measure: AD540L
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review 2017-03-27 02:29
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed - Margaret Chodos-Irvine,Chodos-Irvine Margaret

I read this story about a year ago for a class presentation. To be honest, it is a cute story, but I think this is more of a "read at home" story. Ella Sarah does teach us to have a fun sense of style and to be ourselves, but some children reading this story would probably get the idea that it is okay to whine and scream until they get their way.


If I were to read this story in my classroom, I would probably read this aloud on one of the first days of Kindergarten. It is a funny read, and at the end I would imply that this is not how we are to act, then discuss classroom behavior rules.


Reading level: 1-2 grade

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review 2017-02-22 04:01
A Bad Case of the Stripes -Lexile level AD540L
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

A Bad Case of the Stripes, written by David Shannon, is a great story about the importance of being yourself. Camilla Cream is the main character of this book and she is a very popular little girl who wants to fit in. She has one problem however, she loves lima beans but refuses to eat them because she is afraid the other children will make fun of her or won't want to be her friend anymore. One day she breaks out into a bad case of stripes! she is covered from head to toe in colorful stripes! Camilla starts getting bullied at school and the other students call her shapes and color that she turns into when they call her them. Camilla and her parents tried everything to cure her stripes, but nothing worked. One day a little old lady figured out how to cure her stripes by giving her lima beans to eat. After eating the lima beans she turns back into her normal self and finds that being herself is better then pretending to be something shes not, even if the other kids don't like the same things she does.This is a great book to show children the importance of being themselves. You can come up with many activities including writing activities, or even hands on activities. You could have a jar of dried lima beans and have each student take one and tell the class one food that they really love, but some people might not. You could also have the students do an activity sheet where they fill out their own "stripes" and write things that they like about themselves on each stripe. I would use this book for Kindergarten through third grade. 

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review 2017-01-26 19:40
Red: A Crayon's Story
Red: A Crayon's Story - Michael Hall,Michael Hall

Red: A Crayon's Story is on a 1.6 AR level. This story is about a crayon who is labeled as red but is actually blue. Throughout the story, the crayon sees himself as a failure because everything he draws that is supposed to be red is not good enough. However, he realizes his worth when he is able to draw something that is supposed to be blue. With this text, I would hope to teach children that it is important to not pretend to being something you aren't. As an activity, I would like to give students a crayon with a misleading label and have them write how they would feel if someone thought something about them that simply was not accurate. In the end, I would hope children would feel that it is okay to not be what people always expect you to be. 

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review 2017-01-26 19:01
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon - Patty Lovell,David Catrow

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon is on a 3.5 AR level, but I would not hesitate to use this text in a lower elementary classroom also. The text is centered around a young girl, Molly Lou Melon, who embraces her imperfections because her grandmother always said encouraged her. Because of her confidence in herself, Molly Lou Melon is able to befriend the boy who is bullying her by the end of the story. At the very end of the story, Molly Lou Melon writes a letter to her grandmother to say,"I wanted to tell you that everything you told me was exactly right!" In a younger grade, I would use this text to help children embrace their imperfections and uniqueness. However, in an upper grade, I would use this text as an opportunity to have students write thank you letters to someone who has inspired him or her. 

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