The Sandwich Swap, is written by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, with Kelly DiPucchio, and illustrated by Tricia Tusa in lively pastel colors. The true story is based on an experience by the author in school. She uses her experience to encourage kids not to fight over the small things and to be open-minded when they encounter something new or strange.
Lily and Salma are best friends at school. They played together and ate their lunches together. Lily eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Salma eats hummus and pita sandwiches for lunch. They both are revolted by the other’s lunch. One day there is a breaking point, and the two little girls let food get in the way of their friendship. They make judgements about the sandwiches being yucky and gross. They story escalates and divides the school. Will they repair their friendship?
This is a wonderful book for home and the classroom. It provides teachers an opportunity to have discussions with kids about differences, openness, tolerance, acceptance, sharing and friendship. Queen Rania is one of the world’s prominent advocates for children. Her book promotes cross-cultural understanding.