A Bad Case of Stripes is a book about how peer pressure can literally affect a person. Camilla is worried about what other people will think about her and won't eat lima beans, because nobody else likes them. Camilla comes down with a bad case of stripes and has no choice but to be different now. This is a wonderful book to use when talking about peer pressure. I think that grades 2-5 could benefit most from reading this book. It is also gives a good lesson on how we should be and love ourselves no matter what. Who cares if we're different than everyone else?
Referencing a study published in JAMA:“She argued that once parents have passed along the genes, they have very little influence over their children--except to choose their child’s peer group.”
Other miscellaneous quotes:“Among children aged three to six, more knew Joe Camel than they did Mickey Mouse.” (prior to 1997 when Joe Camel ads ceased)
“... joining a group that meets once a month will increase your happiness as much as doubling your income.”
Referencing the results of study of body weight issues:“The short answer to the question of what makes people happy is this: other people.”
“...weight is socially contagious. If your friends are overweight, your are also likely to be overweight, even controlling for other factors. The contagion also works in the other direction; people with thin friends are more likely to be thin. Oddly, the connection also skipped a link--in the study, participants were significantly more likely to gain weight if a friend of a friend did, even if the friend who connected them gained no weight at all.”