A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon is a great picture book to promote cause & effect, self-esteem and social and emotional learning.

“Camilla Cream loved lima beans. But she never ate them. All of her friends hated lima beans, and she wanted to fit in. Camilla was always worried about what other people thought of her.” A mystery ailment causes Camilla to turn into what others think she should be including ‘a bad case of stripes’ and the American Star and Stripes flag.

Friends, family and doctors cannot figure out the problem. It is only when an environmental therapist helps the girl admit the truth she feels confident to be herself and not bow to peer pressure.

Book Themes

being yourself & comfortable in your own skin, acceptance, identity, self-perception, individuality, self-esteem

Key Vocabulary

lima beans, ointment, distraction, contagious, bizarre, vanished

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
Illustrator: David Shannon
Publisher: Scholastic (2004)
ISBN: 9780439598385

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Book Resources​

I have created a bundle of literacy graphic organizers for A Bad Case of the Stripes. You can find them at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Click on the image to go directly to the pack.

Read-Aloud Questions

Read aloud sessions are a wonderful way for children to understand the connection between written text and spoken language. You can model reading habits and strategies, reading fluency, tone and eye contact. You can also introduce different genres, authors and illustrators.

  • Why do you think Camilla got stripes?
  • What do you think will happen when Camilla goes to school?
  • What do you think could cure Camilla?
  • Why is Camilla so afraid to admit she likes lima beans?
  • Why did the old lady give Camilla lima beans?
  • During her bad case of the stripes is Camilla still Camila?
  • What do you think would have happened if
  • Camilla had just eaten the lima beans?

You can find 40 discussion cards in the A Bad Case of the Stripes Literacy Bundle or as a seperate pack. Click on the image for more information.

Book Trailers & Videos

Books by David Shannon

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