Carla's Sandwich
Written by Debbie Herman, Illustrated by Sheila Bailey
When Carla brings weird sandwiches to school, her classmates have plenty to say about
them. "That's sick!" says Leslie. "That's disgusting!" says Natie.  But Carla thinks
otherwise. "It's unique.  It's creative." just like Carla. Although she is teased and even
ignored by her classmates, Carla's strong inner sense of uniqueness eventually wins them
over. Wacky sandwiches, wacky illustrations and kid-true dialogue make this book's
message of acceptance, tolerance and the importance of individuality extremely
palatable. And who knows? Carla's Sandwich may even help parents with that ever
present dilemma – what to pack for school lunch!
Hardcover, 32 color pages, ages 4-8,
ISBN 9780972992524, Fall 2004
Praise for Carla's Sandwich
* Chosen as an Atlanta Parent Magazine Staff Book Pick in honor of Children’s Book Month (November 2004).

* Chosen as the
Best Children's Fiction 2004 for 3-7 year olds by

* Spanish edition
El sándwich de Carla gets Starred Review in Criticas Magazine

" ending that will delight readers young and old." Mary Loftus, Children's Literature

"[We] pulled together the Atlanta Parent Staff Picks of our favorite books from 2004... We culled through hundreds of titles...The
competition was fierce, and many excellent books didn’t make the final cut. But then again, we only had room for 20....Spunky Carla
is one cool kid..." Elizabeth Cobb,
Atlanta Parent Magazine

"...This is a good story for a variety of reasons and uses ranging from its themes of not pre-judging something, especially food,
without trying it; problems with mean-spirited teasing; and creative follow-ups such as new sandwichs/drawings of these...."
Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

"...This is an enchanting story that is accompanied by delectable and gleeful illustrations...I wholeheartedly recommended Carla's
Sandwich to readers of all ages!" Auggie Moore,
Large Print

"Celebrate the joys of being different! A delicious reading adventure!" Betty Dravis, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

"Imaginatively written... and nicely illustrated... Carla's Sandwich would make a popular and "kid friendly" addition to any school or
community library picture book collection!
Midwest Book Review

"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,

Edwards Book Club
"...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."

From Love to Know Children's Books
"This delightful, multiple award winning book finds a young girl named Carla bringing sandwiches created with strange ingredients to
school for lunch. Although she's regularly teased for her unique lunch concoctions, she stays true to herself and her quirky style,
eventually winning over her classmates. The story will ring true to kids who have experienced a "lunch bully," and help empower them
to stand up for themselves."

"...delightfully illustrated by Sheila Bailey: her way with food is scrumptious! I could not put Carla's Sandwich down, nibbling my way
through a very funny story..." Rebecca Brown,

"Carla's Sandwich...was a delight to read and is thoroughly recommended." Andrea Wren,

"Carla is very unique, and so are her sandwiches!...  This book with colorful, cheery illustrations might just evoke some ideas of
crazy recipes for you to try with your kids!"
Neat Solutions Inc. for Healthy Children

"exploring the joy of being unique - check it out for school lunches" Featured in the Special Book Collection on Embracing the

"A delicious book -- I grant Carla five stars for her originality and fantastic food pairings." Ephraim Kadish, Chef, Restaurateur and
father of four

"...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." Sally Bernstein, Editor in Chief,

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

"...filled with odd delights..." - Susan Finkle,

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