Lessons From Kid's Books: Carla's Sandwich

It seems like we spend a lot time teaching kid's life lessons in books. We use books to teach kids manners, to cope with hard situations, and even about potty training! Many of these kid's books are lessons that even adults need to be reminded of. That's why we are reviewing some of our favorite kid's books. Even if you don't have kids or if your kids have out grown these books, there are still rich lessons to remember and apply to life.

Carla's Sandwich By Debbie Herman

Different is good...right? Not in Carla's world. This elementary school girl enjoys being different by making her own "specialty sandwiches".

She puts things on bread that most would never dream of...spaghetti, raisins, pretzels, and even green beans! You can imagine how the other kids treated her. They made fun of Carla and isolated her.

This all changed when a little boy forgot his own sandwich and Carla had an extra. He ended up loving what she made.

Carla started a new trend of everyone trying something different. On the day everyone was bringing a creative sandwich, Carla brings....Peanut Butter and Jelly because she likes to be different from everyone else.

This book reminds me of how important a person's individuality is. Meeting people where they are and loving them for who they are is important.

We shouldn't just go with the flow even if it ends with others not liking us. If we are convicted about something, if we value something others don't, or if we have a stance that others would judge, we should not back down just because it is different. Sometimes doing the right thing goes against society's flow.

See what lesson Tamara has for us tomorrow! Thanks for reading!

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.