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The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio

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Back of Book:
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?
My Review:
This picture book is the balance of friendship and diversity I read this book every year to my students around Multicultural Literature Day. The story follows Lily and Salma as they become friends and do all kinds of activities together. When they realize that they have different lunches it causes the two friends to realize to break out into a nasty food fight. I love the way the conflict is resolved in this story. It shows readers the importance of having empathy with one another. The illustrations are soft and show the beauty of friendship. There is a note in the back of the book from the author. She shares her experience of trying peanut butter and jelly for the first time. She shares her hope that this book will promote acceptance and understanding among different cultures. This is a beautiful story to share in my classroom.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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