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Carla's Sandwich
Written by Debbie Herman
Illustrated by Sheila Bailey

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Carla's Sandwich

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Carla's Sandwich
Written by Debbie Herman
Illustrated by Sheila Bailey
Flashlight Press, New York: 2004
ISBN: 0-972-92252-0
Genre: Children's Picture Story Books

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - November 13, 2006

Carla likes being unique, and this shows in her choice of lunch sandwiches. From a sardine and mustard with sunflower seeds sandwich to a lettuce, tomato, raisin, bean sprout, pretzel and mayonnaise sandwich, Carla is game to eat just about anything - proving both her creativity and uniqueness. The only problem is, that while Carla is anxious to share her creations with her classmates, she can't find any takers. Although Carla continually proclaims just how delicious her sandwiches are, everyone just thinks that they are icky and none is willing to give one of Carla's sandwiches a try. Even worse, Carla's classmates make fun of her sandwiches and tend to tease her about them. Despite the teasing, Carla remains true to her desire to be different and keeps inventing new sandwiches. The situation changes drastically when her class goes on a picnic and Buster forgets to bring along his lunch. Carla immediately offers him one of her sandwiches, but he vigorously turns her down. As the day progress, and his stomach begins to grumble, Buster breaks down and tries one of Carla' sandwiches - and discovers just how great they are. Soon the whole class is into making unique sandwiches, and Carla has to take a different tack to maintain her uniqueness.

Carla's Sandwich is a marvelous story by Debbie Herman. Carla is a unique heroine that you form an instant bond with, so much so that I hope that Herman writes more stories featuring the indomitable Carla. This is a wonderful story to read to your children. It will encourage them to experiment, and try new foods as well as providing ample fodder for numerous conversations about what other types of sandwiches Carla might have made, and whether or not you might be willing to munch down on an olive, pickle and green bean sandwich or one made of bananas and cottage cheese.

This is an enchanting story that is accompanied by delectable and gleeful illustrations by Sheila Bailey. These illustrations bring Carla's unique sandwiches, and Carla herself with her freckles and missing tooth, to life. First released in 2004, Carla's vivaciousness and willingness to be different has touched so many hearts that this book was recently released in a Spanish edition, entitled El sándwich de Carla. The target audience for this book is children ages 4-8. However, it is a book that will enthrall children of all ages, and it is one that adults can read aloud night after night without becoming fatigued. In addition, the story is printed in about a 16-point font that is perfect for those needing a large print text. I wholeheartedly recommended Carla's Sandwich to readers of all ages!


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