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review 2017-01-19 19:47
A Bad Case of Stripes
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

This book is about a young girl by the name of Camilla Cream. Camilla Cream will not eat lima beans because none of her friends like to eat lima beans. She begins to get sick and turn different shapes and colors. A doctor comes and gives Camilla Cream various medicine and advice, but nothing works. Eventually, Camilla Cream eats lima beans and she is cured. I would use this book I'm my classroom to encourage students to not be afraid to like things that are different than what their peers enjoy. Also, I can see this book being a great resource when teaching character traits. Camilla Cream offers an audience an abundance of internal and external character traits to identify. A Bad Case of Stripes is on a 3.8 AR level.

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review 2016-11-12 03:31
Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn Dixie is the story of Opal and her father as they begin their new life in Florida.  Opal rescues a dog named Winn Dixie, who provides her with connections to her community and helps her to make peace with her past.  I really loved the character of Opal and felt that she was very relatable.  She had a different home life with a single father and felt that she had no friends.  I rooted for her throughout the book.  There are many diverse characters within Winn Dixie.  I think this book would be perfect to study characterization and character traits.  This text would be appropriate for grades 3-5.

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review 2016-11-11 00:25
A Bad Case of Stripes
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

Written by: David Shannon 


 This book is about a young girl named Camilla Cream and her love of Lima beans. Unfortunately, she worries about what others think of her because she is so different from them. So the moment she wants to fit in, she becomes completely covered in stripes! In fact, she changes into whatever is around her. If fitting in was hard enough for Camilla in the first place, what is it going to take for her to be comfortable in her own skin? 


I LOVE this book. This message is one that all students need to hear and understand. I would use this book on 2nd-4th graders. It is very important for students as they get older to realize that being different is good and that everyone needs to be comfortable with how they are on the inside and outside. These students also need to realize that the only opinion that matters is their own. An activity I would do with my students would be a character trait chart that goes over Camilla's inside and outside traits. I would also give the students a picture of a blank head and ask them to decorate it and create a collage of all the unique faces the students came up with. 

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review 2016-11-04 01:47
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Grade: 4th


I will use this book to introduce character traits and describing a character in depth. Lilly is a very vibrant character. This book is a great way for students to describe a character's traits. As a class, we will fill out an anchor chart on Lilly together. We will discuss that character traits describe a character's attitude and behavior and that physical traits describe how a character looks. Physical traits will be written in purple on the chart, and character traits will be written in black. The class will use evidence from the text to help describe Lilly. Afterwards, students will make Lilly using construction paper. They will attach a piece of paper where they write a couple of sentences describing themselves using character traits as if they were Lilly.

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review 2016-10-30 18:08
Big Red Lollipop
Big Red Lollipop - Rukhsana Khan,Sophie Blackall

Written by Rukhsana Khan

Illustrated by Sophie Blackall


Rubina has just been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother insists that she bring her little sister, Sana, along. No matter how hard Rubina tries to convince her mother that people just don't bring their little sisters along to birthday parties, her mother doesn't listen. Sana and Rubina go to the birthday party, and Sana acts selfishly and embarrasses Rubina. Sana even steals Rubina's prize from the party, a big, red lollipop. Rubina is fed up. She doesn't get any more invitations to birthday parties for a long time after that, either. Then one day, Sana gets an invitation to a birthday party. Her mother insists that she take her sisters with her, and refuses to listen when Sana tells her that you can't just bring your sisters to a birthday party. Rubina steps in and tells her mother not to make Sana take their little sister to the party, and their mother finally agrees. When Sana gets home from the party, she brings Rubina a big, green lollipop to say thank you.


This book would be great to open up a discussion about diversity and cultural differences with second to fourth grade students. It could also be used with younger students to discuss character traits and the importance of sharing.

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