The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Al Abdullah

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I stumbled upon this book at a used book shop and my own children loved it so much (ages 7,4,3) that I took it to school and read it to the Kindergarten Class.  The KG class loved it, the students eyes lit up when I read the words “hummus sandwich” and had to be settled down when they learned one of the characters is named Salma.  Even the youngest of our children, subhanAllah know what a treat it is to see a character they can relate to religiously and culturally in a beautifully illustrated book.

The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania (the girls were excited just knowing a REAL queen wrote the book), is a sweet story of two best friends who are put off by each others “weird” lunches, peanut butter and jelly and hummus and pita.  The situation escalates until the whole school is pointing out differences between students and the foods they eat and climaxes in a food fight.  Salma and Lily realize how silly it all is, sample each others lunches and then work to bring the entire school back together.  

A good book to talk about differences, and similarities, friends and food.  The book appeals to students of all ages with an Accelerated Reader level of 2.9, I think most preschool to Third grade students would laugh, and smile throughout the entire story.

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