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The Sandwich Swap

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by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah, Kelly DiPucchio, Tricia Tusa
     
 

Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing all the same things, and they always eat lunch together. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus-but what's that between friends? It turns out, a lot. Before they know it, a food fight breaks out. Can Lily and Salma put aside their differences? Or will a sandwich come between them?

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Overview

Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing all the same things, and they always eat lunch together. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus-but what's that between friends? It turns out, a lot. Before they know it, a food fight breaks out. Can Lily and Salma put aside their differences? Or will a sandwich come between them?

The smallest things can pull us apart-until we learn that friendship is far more powerful than difference. In a glorious three-page gatefold at the end of the book, Salma, Lily, and all their classmates come together in the true spirit of tolerance and acceptance.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her author's note, Jordanian royal Al Abdullah explains that an incident from her childhood inspired this story about best friends who do everything together at school, including eat lunch. Lily's choice of sandwich is peanut butter and jelly while Salma's is hummus on pita, and each girl thinks the other's fare is “weird” or “gross.” When Lily finally vocalizes her opinion, the two exchange heated words, leading schoolmates to take sides and toss out nastier insults (“You look funny! You dress dumb!”), eventually escalating into a messy, cafeteria-wide food fight. Message trumps realism: the speed with which the girls make peace—after sampling one another's sandwiches—is as unlikely as the food fight itself. A foldout spread amplifies the readily apparent themes of acceptance and sharing, as the girls and their classmates enjoy a buffet of international foods. Featuring pastel hues, Tusa's (Fred Stays with Me!) wispy mixed-media artwork assuredly depicts the bond between the protagonists and adds dollops of humor—such as the food that gets wedged into the stern lunch lady's bouffant—to this well-intentioned if predictable story. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
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The day Lily stops eating her peanut butter and jelly sandwich to tell Salma her hummus and pita sandwich looks yucky and vice versa is the day they stop being friends. Their collaborative art projects end. They no longer play on the swings or jump rope together, and, at lunch time, they sit at different tables. As their story spreads across the school, so does intolerance. Students begin choosing sides in the cafeteria and calling each other "Jelly heads" and "Chickpea brains." When the two girls get caught in the middle of a food fight and called to the principal's office, they decide it's time to make some changes. The first is accomplished over their sandwich lunch; the second, over a multicultural smorgasbord, the latter depicted on a foldout of an enormous table laden with dishes and flags. Soft watercolor cartoon illustrations portray a lively student body and a slightly forbidding principal. This engaging title reminds children that having the courage to try new things can result in positive experiences.—SLJ

In her author's note, Jordanian royal Al Abdullah explains that an incident from her childhood inspired this story about best friends who do everything together at school, including eat lunch. Lily's choice of sandwich is peanut butter and jelly while Salma's is hummus on pita, and each girl thinks the other's fare is "weird" or "gross." When Lily finally vocalizes her opinion, the two exchange heated words, leading schoolmates to take sides and toss out nastier insults ("You look funny! You dress dumb!"), eventually escalating into a messy, cafeteria-wide food fight. Message trumps realism: the speed with which the girls make peace-after sampling one another's sandwiches-is as unlikely as the food fight itself. A foldout spread amplifies the readily apparent themes of acceptance and sharing, as the girls and their classmates enjoy a buffet of international foods. Featuring pastel hues, Tusa's (Fred Stays with Me!) wispy mixed-media artwork assuredly depicts the bond between the protagonists and adds dollops of humor-such as the food that gets wedged into the stern lunch lady's bouffant-to this well-intentioned if predictable story.—PW

The Queen of Jordan is the co-author of this lively picture book based on her nursery-school experiences that taught her to be "open to what seems foreign or strange." Salma and Lily are best friends at school, and lively, double page spreads show the girls having fun, drawing pictures, playing in the schoolyard, and eating lunch together, until one day Lily blurts out that Salma's sandwich (pita bread and hummus) looks kind of yucky, and Salma says the same about her friend's peanut butter and jelly ("looks gross, and it smells bad, too"). The harmonious pictures change to show angry standoffs, and other kids choose sides, shout insults, and begin a huge food fight. Finally, after a visit to the principal's office, Salma and Lily feel ashamed. They taste each other's sandwiches (yummy!), hug, and trade lunch. The story is preachy, and food makes a too-easy peacemaker. But preschoolers will recognize the school drama of friends and enemies and the messy confrontations that are resolved.—Booklist

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Although Salma and Lily are best friends in school, and do everything together, their lunches are very different. Lily secretly thinks that Salma's hummus and pita sandwiches are yucky, while Salma thinks that Lily's peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are gross. One day, when they finally tell each other how they feel, they stop doing everything together. Other students begin to take sides, insulting each other, until there is a terrible food fight. Ashamed, at lunch the next day the girls bravely agree to try each other's sandwich. Finding them "delicious" and "heavenly," they meet with the principal to plan a special event, celebrated in a final foldout. Tusa's colored drawings clearly define the appealing characters of the two girls as they dominate most of the double-page scenes. The other children are supporting actors in the drama as they add insults to fuel the wild food fight. They also join in the final international buffet, with flags identifying the spreads on the table. A note from Her Majesty supplies the personal experience that is the basis of the story, along with the hope for understanding and the tolerance of foreign or strange experiences. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—The day Lily stops eating her peanut butter and jelly sandwich to tell Salma her hummus and pita sandwich looks yucky—and vice versa—is the day they stop being friends. Their collaborative art projects end. They no longer play on the swings or jump rope together, and, at lunch time, they sit at different tables. As their story spreads across the school, so does intolerance. Students begin choosing sides in the cafeteria and calling each other "Jelly heads" and "Chickpea brains." When the two girls get caught in the middle of a food fight and called to the principal's office, they decide it's time to make some changes. The first is accomplished over their sandwich lunch; the second, over a multicultural smorgasbord, the latter depicted on a foldout of an enormous table laden with dishes and flags. Soft watercolor cartoon illustrations portray a lively student body and a slightly forbidding principal. This engaging title reminds children that having the courage to try new things can result in positive experiences.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Like all best friends, Lily and Salma do everything together: They draw pictures, play on the swings, jump rope and eat lunch together. But Lily eats a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich while Salma eats a hummus-and-pita sandwich. Each girl thinks the other's looks yucky! When they say so, the friendship splits, schoolkids take sides and someone yells FOOD FIGHT! Salma and Lily feel ashamed, especially when they are called into the principal's office. The next day they sample each other's sandwiches and declare them delicious. They go to the principal's office again, this time with an idea to share-a gatefold depicts a long picnic table overflowing with ethnic food and happy kids. Tusa's whimsical illustrations spice up the story. Her large, vivacious drawings contribute character and comic touches, especially to the food fight, but there is one notable omission in this story of cultural understanding: Absent from the picnic table's array of flags identifying ethnicities (which include Iceland, Greece and Mexico among others, in addition to the United States and Jordan) is the Israeli flag-a hugely sad missed opportunity. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423124849
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
88,849
Product dimensions:
8.86(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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