The Sandwich Swap

The Sandwich Swap

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The Sandwich Swap 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
reneehand More than 1 year ago
When 2 girls find each other's lunch "yucky", name-calling and food fight follow. After cleaning up the mess, they offer to share half a sandwich and find it tastes good. A picnic with all kinds of foods fills the last page along with flags of lands of origin. Good story for reading aloud, discussion of manners, sharing, tolerance, etc. Also great intro to the country Jordan and to show that royals work too. I used this with gr. 2. It was a big hit.
PNA More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story about true friendship and understanding each other. Also enjoyed the author's note at the end of story. It's nice to know that a "Queen", is concerned about peace. What a wonderful and simple lesson to help teach to children. Hopefully, adults will read this book to children and explain it to them and also learn themselves.
north55 More than 1 year ago
Two girls from different cultures are the best of friends, but they do not share the same taste in lunches. While one eats her beloved peanut butter, the other enjoys her hummus. Their little disapproval spreads to others, and the story becomes quite the lesson in intolerance. This book is suited to young children, but could also find a place in upper elementary classrooms as a discussion starter on the simple bases for intolerance, and even war. It makes you want to head to the market to buy a variety of foods that represent other lands, starting with peanut butter and hummus!
AllisonArt More than 1 year ago
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.
nked More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for generations to come. It is a great story to help break down barriers of ethnicity and cultural differences to show that we are really only the all the same! A great way to teach anyone this lesson.
theoutfield More than 1 year ago
Great story! Well written. Excellent message. We could all learn something from Salma & Lily!
Bookworm10TR More than 1 year ago
Children will gain a broader knowledge base about other cultures and gain new understanding, respect and appreciation for peoples differences in a kid friendly way. The illustrations are wonderful and engaging. Parents and teachers will love this book! Bookworm10TR
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BarbaraG More than 1 year ago
Based on a royal childhood memory, The Sandwich Swap, by Queen Rania Al Abdullah with Kelly DiPucchio, is a delectable delight about two simple sandwiches. But could peanut butter and humus come between a friendship? Fast friends Salma and Lily find themselves with a dining dilemma: Each silently thinks that the other's sandwich is "weird and yucky, strange and gross." It's not until they tell one another what they think that "hurt feelings turned mad," bystanders took sides, insults started flying, and so did food. The food fight lands the friends in the Principal's office not once, but twice; first to make restitution, then to make a suggestion. And so began their International Day, so that the children could showcase foods from different cultures and expose one another to tempting new textures and tastes. Food for thought: I was a little leery about this book when I first read it because of the ugly words and the ensuing food fight. After all, do I really want to plant ideas about throwing food as an option? After more reflection, I believe that turning these behaviors into talking points with your children gives this story even more meat. Use it as a springboard for discussion about what our actions and words can do to each other, both positively and negatively.
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