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The Sandwich Swap

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Celebration of Cultural Diversity!

I first heard about "The Sandwich Swap" via a Good Morning America broadcast in which Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan was interviewed by Robin Roberts. Queen Rania's humanitarian work and dedication to making education accessible to children who are deprived of such ...
I first heard about "The Sandwich Swap" via a Good Morning America broadcast in which Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan was interviewed by Robin Roberts. Queen Rania's humanitarian work and dedication to making education accessible to children who are deprived of such opportunities across the globe appealed to me as an art educator. Her children's book "The Sandwich Swap" is part of her effort to promote cross-cultural understanding among all children. Her uplifting and inspiring picture book, illustrated by Tricia Tusa, promotes a positive message about accepting and appreciating the differences among people. Queen Rania's story is based on her real life experiences as a young girl growing up in Jordan. She envisions herself as 'Salma' in "The Sandwich Swap" and we meet her childhood best friend called 'Lily'. One day the girls' friendship is put to the test as a lunchtime conversation becomes an argument about sandwiches, during which each girl calls the other's sandwich "Gross!" Salma and Lily come from dissimilar cultural backgrounds and their sandwiches reflect this difference: Salma brings a hummus sandwich to school while Lily eats peanut butter and jelly. Young readers will learn to see beyond differences and build lasting relationships with their friends.

As an art educator, I found Tricia Tusa's illustrations well designed and delightful to look at. When I initially paged through the book, the arrangement of delicate drawings on each page flowed gracefully and kept me interested. The two-page spread "food fight" scene especially caught my eye as the colors, lines, shapes, and textures reflected the chaos and excitement of the action! Children ages 4-8 will enjoy this book-as will their parents, teachers, and big brothers and sisters! Pre-school or early elementary classroom teachers would be wise to incorporate this book in their curricula, along with accompanying discussions of cultural differences and appreciation of cultural diversity in students' everyday lives. In a globalized society that is more and more affected by different cultures and lifestyles colliding, it is never too early to educate tolerance and appreciation for all people.

posted by AllisonArt on May 14, 2010

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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I was so excited to purchase this book after seeing Queen Riana's interview on GMA last week. I intended to give copies as gifts to my daughter's kindergarten teachers. However, after purchasing and reading the book for myself last night I was very let down. The stor...
I was so excited to purchase this book after seeing Queen Riana's interview on GMA last week. I intended to give copies as gifts to my daughter's kindergarten teachers. However, after purchasing and reading the book for myself last night I was very let down. The story is very blah. I am 100% behind teaching children that different is ok but this book does not engage or really get the point across. To top it off I was very upset to find that author uses the words STUPID and UGLY to get her point across. These words are not allowed in our home or in my children's vocabulary. Overall, not the great lesson that I heard in the interview. Very disappointing.

posted by 3481131 on May 3, 2010

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