The Sandwich Swap

The Sandwich Swap, is written by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, with Kelly DiPucchio, and illustrated by Tricia Tusa in lively pastel colors.  The true story is based on an experience by the author in school.  She uses her experience to encourage kids not to fight over the small things and to be open-minded when they encounter something new or strange.

Lily and Salma are best friends at school.  They played together and ate their lunches together.  Lily eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Salma eats hummus and pita sandwiches for lunch.  They both are revolted by the other’s lunch.  One day there is a breaking point, and the two little girls let food get in the way of their friendship.  They make judgements about the sandwiches being yucky and gross.  They story escalates and divides the school.  Will they repair their friendship?

This is a wonderful book for home and the classroom.  It provides teachers an opportunity to have discussions with kids about differences, openness, tolerance, acceptance, sharing and friendship.  Queen Rania is one of the world’s prominent advocates for children.  Her book promotes cross-cultural understanding.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

6 thoughts on “The Sandwich Swap

  1. This is an interesting story and reminds me of a saying I have heard and used myself…… “a friendship is not worth losing over spilt milk”. I like that she touches on cross-cultural understanding as well. Love the artwork.
    I have read of Queen Rania’s advocacy for children and her writing some time ago, but never got around to reading her books.
    Thankyou Pat.


    • Yes, I’ve been vey impressed with Queen Rania for years and have followed her advocacy work for children. I was happy to see her write such a simple and straightforward book about tolerance, friendship and acceptance. The royal family is very multi-cultural, and I’ve always followed her mother-in-law, Queen Noor. Jordan is very forward thinking when it comes to women. Glad you have followed her work.


  2. This sounds like such an excellent book — and a quarrel over lunches is something children can so readily relate to. I hadn’t realized that Queen Rania is such an advocate for children and for education. I found her website and was very impressed, and then followed the link to her facebook presence. Thank you for opening my eyes to her role in advocacy, as well as for introducing this book to me.


    • Beth– It is a fun book with a strong message. I wish I could share how it begins — don’t want to give it away. Glad you looked into her work. I have followed Queen Noor for so many years, as she did so much to improve the rights for women and promote education for girls. And, the royal family was multi-cultural. I think we are going to see her really do a lot of good work in coming year from Queen Rania annd the younger generations. Thank you. — Pat


  3. Aha, yes, I have encountered the Sandwich Swap and find it is such a great issue to use to talk about much bigger issues! Have to say pita and hummus is much more up my street than PBJ! No, seriously, I think this is a superb picture book about respecting the differences in other cultures.

    I too was unaware of Queen Rania’s work promoting education etc. Many thanks for this introduction, Pat.


    • Joanna — I agree totally — I refer hummus and pita of PBJ. Make my own. Have been waiting for the right moment to review this book. It seemed to follow my recent reviews nicely. I agree, it is a great boook abou respecting the differences in other cultures. First saw it at the Dayton International Peace Museum in the children’s room. I thought you may have seen this book. Glad you found it useful at school. — Pat


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