A Bad Case of Stripes – Fiction/Fantasy

Title: A Bad Case of Stripes

Bibliographic Information: Shannon, D. (2004). A bad case of stripes. New York: Scholastic Inc.

Annotation: Camilla Cream wanted to fit in with her classmates, so she gave up on eating one of her favorite foods, lima beans. This caused her to become ill with the stripes, her classmates made more fun of her, and no one could figure out what was wrong with her until the old woman visited Camilla at her house.

Genre: Fiction and fantasy

Grade level: 2nd-5th grade

Readers who will like this book: Readers who need to be a little more confidence in themselves and going to school.

Personal response/rating: I rate this book a 5 because I really enjoyed reading it. This book helps boost the readers’ self-esteem and it is a good reminder to always be yourself no matter what.

Question I would ask before the reading: Have you ever feared going to school? Why?

Reading Strategy – Open-Mind Portraits: I would use this reading strategy because it is a good way for students to comprehend what Camilla is really going through. After the students complete their portrait of Camilla they will write down the different thoughts and emotions Camilla might have throughout the story. This is an appropriate strategy for this book because Camilla goes through different moods and it’s important for the reader to know why Camilla feels the way she does.


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