A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon was published in 1998 by Scholastic (Blue Sky Press). This book is about a young girl named Camilla Cream who is too worried about what others at school think of her. Even though she loves lima beans but won’t eat them because the other kids don’t like them. Camilla wakes up one day and discovers she is covered in stripes. She is told she was well enough to go to school and when she gets there all the other kids make fun of her. It turns out her cure is to eat lima beans and she is instantly turned back to normal. Camilla realizes it is ok to be different and that you should do what you enjoy doing, even if others don’t like it or think you are strange.
This is a great story as it teaches children to accept yourself and to be true to who you are and not be afraid to be different. I would recommend this story to those 4 and over but particularly to children ages 4-9. I think it really helps teach children to accept others even if they are different and that you should never make fun of someone who is different than you but instead we should embrace differences because it makes us who we are.