A Bad Case of Stripes

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Author: David Shannon

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd

Synopsis: “What we have here is a bad case of stripes. One of the worst I’ve ever seen!” Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don’t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she’s so worried that she’s about to break out in…a bad case of stripes! Doctors are baffled and have no clue how to cure her. Turns out, the cure all along was lima beans. Now Camilla Cream happily eats lima beans, no matter what her friends think.

Debrief Questions:

  • What does it mean to respect other people? Do you think Camilla’s classmates respected her love for lima beans?
  • How would you feel if someone made fun of you for “having stripes” or being different?
  • Should we care about what other people think about us? Why or why not?
  • What does it mean to “be yourself”?