A Bad Case of Stripes

Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids at her school don’t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact she is so worried that she’s about to break out in… A Bad Case of Stripes

Themes in this story

Identity, Individuality, Peer Pressure, Self-confidence


  • What are your favorite foods? Pay special attention to the differences in the students’ answers. Lead them to realize that not everyone likes the same thing.
  • Have you ever not eaten something, or joined in an activity because you were afraid that others would make fun of you?
  • Explain that in the story, A Bad Case of Stripes, a little girl named Camilla loves lima beans but never eats them because she knows the other kids in school do not like them. She gets so worried about what they will think of her if they find out that she breaks out in stripes.
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