About the book-Carla’s Sandwich by Debbie Herman
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.
What this book teaches-Courage
My review of the book:
The first thing I thought when I read this book was Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun (my first book)! It would be great to read both of these books and talk about what makes them similar and what makes them different. You could also make a fun dinner inspired from one or both of these books 🙂
Onto my book review… In Carla’s Sandwich, Carla likes to eat different types of foods. The children at her school are mean to her about her interesting palate. Until one day, someone is without food! Carla models generosity in offering her sandwich to this young man. It’s a silly and heartwarming story to share with your family. Plenty of opportunities to talk about differences, empathy, kindness and more. I think it’s also good for those picky eaters out there to see there’s no harm in trying something new.
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