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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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Each Kindness

Each Kindness
by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Young Readers Group Books, 2012

Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson writes a poignant story depicting the impact bullying has on the bully.  In Each Kindness, told from the bully’s point of view, Chloe shuns Maya, a new girl who obviously was poor and different from her.  For several months, Chloe gossips about Maya with her two best friends, but never lets Maya into her life.  Bravely, Maya offers to share her new ball and jacks and other toys she brings from home, and each time Chloe turns away.

Then one day their teacher talks about kindness and how each “kindness makes the whole world a little bit better.” With a bowl of water and a stone, the teacher demonstrates how each kindness ripples out into the world.   Maya is absent that day.  While everyone shares a kindness they have given to someone else, Chloe can’t think of a kindness to share.  She begins to understand that she could have been nice to Maya.  Chloe vows to show kindness to Maya when she returns.  Only Maya never returns and Chloe feels the pain of having chosen not to be kind.

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