A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
Book Synopsis: Camilla Cream is so worried the other kids will find out that she loves lima beans that she breaks out in a bad case of stripes. Her appearance keeps changing with every attempt to make her better until she admits that what she really wants is a plate of lima beans.
Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)
Reading: Problem and Solution (2.8F, 3.5H, 4.5E) Cause and Effect (4.5G, 5.5J) Compare and Contrast(1.9F, 2.8E, 3.5D,4.5K,5.5l 5.5B) It is also good for comparing with Pinkalicious and Sylvie as part of a unit on character development (1.9F, 2.8E, 3.5D, 4.5B, 5.5B)
Creating the Costume: Fabric paint and a white turtle neck were used to create the body of this costume. I reused the wig from Viola Swamp and Halloween face paint to complete the look.
Delivery: My kids were waiting for this book to come to life as a character. I’m not sure how they knew it was in the cards, I think they just know me pretty well and what I like. We used this book after Pinkalicious and Sylvie so that with some of my groups we worked on comparing character development and development. All three books have similarities as the main characters change in appearance and at the end of the books, are happy to be back to themselves. However, Camilla does not enjoy the change the way that Sylvie and Pinkalicious do and does not choose to change the way those other two characters do. I did problem and solution with one group and with a higher group did cause and effect. There are so many avenues to take with this book.