Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Sandwich Swap

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.

Blog you later!

Ali B.

7 comments:

Sarah Albee said...

Looks like a good book, and on a much welcome topic in today's troubled world. I just scrolled through your website and it's wonderful. Looking forward to coming back! Sarah

Ali B said...

Hi Sarah,

Oh, I think you'll love this book. So charming in its simplicity. Touches on the topics of intolerance, diversity and war, but does it in such a relatable kid-friendly way.

Sandra McLeod Humphrey said...

That was a beautiful review and I know what you mean about picture books--they are like treasures difficult to share without losing something in the process. I've definitely got to check this one out!

MotherReader said...

I don't know how I missed this one, but it sounds like one I have to see. Thanks for the recommendation!

Carrie Monroe said...

Sounds like a good book. I like the idea of accepting differences being as simple as liking different sandwiches.

Sylvia Liu said...

Thanks, this sounds like one I'll check out.

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

I put it on my TBR list. Wow two blogs, Ali B.! Iadmire you energy. I can't even seem to get my website back up. Susan at Pen and Ink.