I don't blog about picture books very often. I should, but I don't. I love them, but I never know how to write a proper and just review without copying the text and illustrations. The word/picture combination overwhelms me with its beauty and simplicity. I am wordless.
I stumbled across The Sandwich Swap while browsing the stacks at Barnes and Noble today, and decided I needed to share this gem of a book with others. I'd just have to do my best.
The story is about two little girls. Best friends. In the repetitive text, we learn that Lily and Salma do everything together. They even like the same things, except Salma likes hummus sandwiches for lunch while Lily prefers peanut butter and jelly. This difference creates a rift in their friendship, with both girls getting their feelings hurt. Sides are chosen, insults are hurled, and all the children in the school end up in a food fight.
Lily and Salma eventually reunite, share sandwiches, and realize that their friendship is more important that what they pack in their lunchboxes. They also decide that differences should not only be tolerated, but celebrated. The last page of the story is a three page foldout of the school's multicultural feast. A fun, food-filled way to learn about and share their traditions and meals.
The book is co-authored by Queen Rania of Jordan and Kelly DiPucchio. The charming illustrations are the work of Tricia Tusa. I recommend this book to parents, teachers and librarians hoping to spark a conversation about diversity and the acceptance others.
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