Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

57) The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Alabdullah

on March 23, 2012

Al Abdullah, Raina and Kelly DiPucchio. The Sandwich Swap. Illustrated by Tricia Tusa. 32 pages. Hyperion, 2010. ISBN-10: 1423124847

Everything was perfect until lunchtime. Lily and Salma are best friends at school who did everything together–“drew pictures together,” “played on the swings together,” “jumped rope together,” and “ate their lunches together”. At lunchtime, Salma and Lily have private thoughts about each others sandwich–Lily thinks Salma’s hummus and pita sandwich is “Ew. Yuck,” and Salma thinks Lily’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich is “Ew. Gross”. The two girls keep their thoughts to themselves everyday at lunch, until one day. Finally, Lily blurted out that Salma’s sandwich “looks kind of yucky”. She hurt Salma’s feelings. So, Salma returned the negative remark, by stating that Lily’s sandwich “looks gross, and smells bad”. A fight erupts that ends the friendship between the two girls, and a food fight amongst the entire school starts. When the girls eat in front of each other again, Lily thinks of a grand idea–to sandwich swap. Once they each take a bite of each others  sandwich they declare them delicious. Lily and Salma  become friends again, and suggested an idea to the principal: to have a potluck of food from all their classmates cultural backgrounds. This book is perfect for multicultural story time because it shows how the smallest differences can separate people and destroy friendships. By embracing everyone’s cultural differences we build tolerance for ethnicity.   Other added features in this picture book is the introduction of dialogue. (Picture Book 3-6). Author’s website can be found at and . No illustrator website.


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