The Sandwich Swap

The Sandwich Swap
By Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah with Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Tricia Tusa
Disney-Hyperion Books, 2010

Best friends test their friendship when they squabble over their different sandwich choices; a story of acceptance.

Lily and Salma are best friends who like doing all the same things.  Each day Lily has a peanut and butter sandwich for lunch and Salma has a hummus and pita sandwich.  Although they never ate one of their best friends sandwiches, they each thought the other’s sandwich were gross.  Even at that, things were okay until one day Lily felt sorry for Salma who had to eat the icky chickpea paste ever day.  Unable to hold back those pesky thoughts any longer, she blurted out, “Your sandwich looks like of yucky.”  Salma was hurt, then mad, and she returned, “Yeah, well your sandwich looks gross, and it smells bad too!”  That afternoon they did not play together and the next day a food fight broke out among classmates taking sides.  Shyly they each tried the others sandwich—and liked them!

The Sandwich Swap is a simply-told, yet provocative story that speaks tolerance and acceptance.  The author, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, champions cross-cultural tolerance.  The story is inspired by her own childhood.

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