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
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.
...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.
...a delightful tale of a courageous young girl who, despite peer pressure, stayed true to herself.
"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.