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Carla's Sandwich
Carla's Sandwich

Carla's Sandwich

By Debbie Herman, Illustrated by Sheila Bailey




32 Pages, 10.25 x 10.25

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book, PDF

Hardcover Picture Book, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: September 2004

ISBN 9780972922524

Rights: WOR

Flashlight Press (Sep 2004)

Price: $17.95


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.


"A story that’s told lightly but captures the serious themes of bullying and appreciation of difference." —Sofia Chang, Chief executive of Girl Scouts of the USA

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."  —

"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,

"I give Carla's Sandwich two thumbs up. Teachers will find both important concepts and story elements to teach. And it sure lends itself to hand's-on experiences with new foods." —Kathleen Wright,

Author Biography

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.