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The Sandwich Swap
by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah and Kelly Dipucchio and Tricia Tusa


Overview - Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing all the same things, and they always eat lunch together. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus-but what's that between friends? It turns out, a lot. Before they know it, a food fight breaks out.  Read more...

 
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More About The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah; Kelly Dipucchio; Tricia Tusa
 
 
 
Overview
Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing all the same things, and they always eat lunch together. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus-but what's that between friends? It turns out, a lot. Before they know it, a food fight breaks out. Can Lily and Salma put aside their differences? Or will a sandwich come between them?

The smallest things can pull us apart-until we learn that friendship is far more powerful than difference. In a glorious three-page gatefold at the end of the book, Salma, Lily, and all their classmates come together in the true spirit of tolerance and acceptance.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781423124849
  • ISBN-10: 1423124847
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books
  • Publish Date: April 2010
  • Page Count: 28
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Cooking & Food

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 50.
  • Review Date: 2010-03-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

In her author's note, Jordanian royal Al Abdullah explains that an incident from her childhood inspired this story about best friends who do everything together at school, including eat lunch. Lily's choice of sandwich is peanut butter and jelly while Salma's is hummus on pita, and each girl thinks the other's fare is “weird” or “gross.” When Lily finally vocalizes her opinion, the two exchange heated words, leading schoolmates to take sides and toss out nastier insults (“You look funny! You dress dumb!”), eventually escalating into a messy, cafeteria-wide food fight. Message trumps realism: the speed with which the girls make peace—after sampling one another's sandwiches—is as unlikely as the food fight itself. A foldout spread amplifies the readily apparent themes of acceptance and sharing, as the girls and their classmates enjoy a buffet of international foods. Featuring pastel hues, Tusa's (Fred Stays with Me!) wispy mixed-media artwork assuredly depicts the bond between the protagonists and adds dollops of humor—such as the food that gets wedged into the stern lunch lady's bouffant—to this well-intentioned if predictable story. Ages 3–7. (Apr.)

 
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