Carla's Sandwich
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Carla's Sandwich

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by Debbie Herman, Sheila Bailey
     
 


This charming story presents a new way for young children to understand how to creatively embrace who they are, no matter what others think. Carla’s lunch box is filled with odd delights like the Olive, Pickle and Green Bean Sandwich, the Banana-Cottage-Cheese Delight, and the unforgettable Chopped Liver, Potato Chips, and Cucumber Combo. To Carla, they are…  See more details below

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This charming story presents a new way for young children to understand how to creatively embrace who they are, no matter what others think. Carla’s lunch box is filled with odd delights like the Olive, Pickle and Green Bean Sandwich, the Banana-Cottage-Cheese Delight, and the unforgettable Chopped Liver, Potato Chips, and Cucumber Combo. To Carla, they are delicious and creative lunches, but her teasing classmates are unconvinced and abandon her at the lunch table to eat her bizarre sandwiches alone. One day, however, tables turn when Buster—the worst tease of all—forgets his lunch on the day of the picnic and Carla thoughtfully offers him her extra sandwich. Her own spirited nature helps Carla teach her classmates that "unusual" can actually be good. Lively illustrations help showcase the book's messages of acceptance, tolerance, individuality, and creativity, and the funny plot and authentic dialogue are sure to make this tale a favorite among elementary school children. Carla's creative sandwich solutions provide young chefs-to-be with the inspiration to create sandwich masterpieces of their own.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Storytelling World Award 2005 Honor Book

An Accelerated Reader title

"An ending that will delight readers young and old."  —Children's Literature

"This book will be to the brown bag lunch what Dr. Seuss was to ham and eggs. —Sheila Bailey's irrepressible illustrations are completely engaging and the perfect complement to the text. This book is a gem."  —MyShelf.com

"A story that teaches children that it is okay to be different and that by embracing other’s differences you may just discover something 'surprisingly terrific'. This book is a wonderful tale of friendship, tolerance, and acceptance. With colorful, delectable, and brilliant full-page illustrations, it is a must read for children between the age of 4 and 8." —Christa McGrath, edwardsbookclub.com

MyShelf.com
This book will be to the brown bag lunch what Dr. Seuss was to ham and eggs...Sheila Bailey's irrepressible illustrations are completely engaging and the perfect complement to the text. This book is a gem.
—Allie Bates
Sally Bernstein
...a charming story that presents a new way for young children to understand how to creatively embrace who they are, no matter what others think.
TheWritersRoom.com
...a delightful tale of a courageous young girl who, despite peer pressure, stayed true to herself.
—Skye Lindborg
Children's Literature
"Carla brought weird sandwiches to school." Any reader can predict the reaction of Carla's classmates after reading the first line of this story. Carla is ostracized and criticized for her concoctions: olive, pickle, and green beans; banana and cottage cheese; sardine, mustard, and sunflower seeds. Carla declares that she likes to be different, but after a week, the illustrations show a sad Carla eating lunch alone. However, on the class picnic Buster forgets his lunch and Carla offers him her extra Combo Deluxe: lettuce, tomato, bean sprout, raisin, pretzel and mayonnaise. A great illustration of Buster eyeing the sandwich up close seals the deal. He declares it delicious, and all Carla's classmates want a taste of the Combo Deluxe. The next day at school, Carla's classmates bring their own far-out sandwich creations. And that is when Carla brings her most surprising sandwich, in an ending that will delight readers young and old. "I like to be different," Carla says, biting into her peanut butter and jelly. A good book for any class reading stories on the theme of differences, and accepting differences. 2004, Flashlight Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Mary Loftus

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972922524
Publisher:
Flashlight Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
376,270
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Ephraim Kadish
A delicious book - I grant Carla five stars for her originality and fantastic food pairings.

Meet the Author


Debbie Herman is a feature writer for Babaganewz Magazine and has written for the New Millennium Children's Dictionary CD-ROM. She is a former elementary school teacher with an MA in special education. She lives in New York City. Sheila Bailey has illustrated more than 26 children's books, including Spaghetti and Peas, Special People, Special Ways, The Wizard and King Whifflegroan, and The Wonderful Story of Edgar Elf. Her work has appeared in Fine Cooking Magazine, Forbes, and the Oregonian. She lives in Redwood City, California.

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Carla's Sandwich 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Has a positive message of individuality without any of the corniness so often found in kids books. Pleasure to read - sophisticated age appropriate writing. Fantastic illustrations as well. My kids loved it - as did I. Hope this author has more works up her sleeve.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carla has a great imagination. She enjoys creating unique sandwiches for her school lunches. When trouble rises and her lunches turn into a source of teasing, Carla keeps her chin up and continues to eat her fascinating sandwiches all the while maintaining her kindness to her friends. Coupled with adorable illustrations, this is a wonderful story for all children to enjoy. Even adults will identify with Carla. ¿Carla¿s Sandwich¿ shows children how they do not need to be like others by showing the heroine being strong as an individual. With so many food allergies, people with different incomes, and others who eat with religious or ethical restrictions, ¿Carla¿s Sandwich¿ is a winner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carla¿s Sandwich is a great book that children will surely love! With its imaginative text by Debbie Herman, and its vivid and bright illustrations by Sheila Bailey, no child will be disappointed as they turn each page to discover which weird and wonderful concoctions Carla will be eating that day for her school lunch. This book contains a story of being different ¿ and you feel a little sorry for Carla as the other children isolate her because she brings in such unusual combinations of sandwiches to eat, like sardine and mustard with sunflower seeds. But one day, another boy forgets his lunch, and when his hunger gets the better of him, he reluctantly turns to Carla to beg a spare from her. He does, of course, find the offering delicious, and the other children change their minds about constitutes an `acceptable¿ sandwich. Fantastic, colourful and detailed pictures, with an inspiring storyline for children aged four to eight years old, this book was a delight to read and is thoroughly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I originally bought this book for my nephew who LOVES it, recites it by heart to anyone who will listen, and wants to have it by his side whenever he eats a sandwich. I then bought it for my cousin, who needed the book's help to encourage her four-year-son to start eating sandwiches. I got another copy for my aunt who teaches first grade, who is reading the book with her class and making sandwiches afterwards! Everyone loves the book and is recommending it to their friends. Especially my nephew!