The Sandwich Swap

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Hyperion Book CH, Apr 20, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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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?

The smallest things can pull us apart—until we learn that friendship is far more powerful than difference. In a glorious three-page gatefold at the end of the book, Salma, Lily, and all their classmates come together in the true spirit of tolerance and acceptance.

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The main characters of this book are Lily and Salma, best friends. Like most best friends, they like doing similar things, but one day their differences get between them. The theme of the story is shown through the resolution that friendship is more powerful than differences and we should accept each other for those differences.  

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What a wonderful story! The author so cleverly describes a situation of two little girls learning how to enjoy new things. Two little girls decide the other's sandwich looks disgusting-they jumped to conclusions. In the end, the girls decide to taste their friends sandwich and they both loved it!
The author's note in the back beautifully describes how important it is for us to not quickly judge something we may think is different. We need to embrace people (and things) around us!

About the author (2010)

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah ( of Jordan is dedicated to defending the welfare of children around the world: she is UNICEF's Eminent Advocate for Children. Known also as a champion of cross-cultural tolerance and a campaigner for global education, Her Majesty collaborates with international organizations and grassroots projects in these areas.

Kelly DiPucchio ( has written several children's picture books, including the New York Times best-seller Grace for President, Bed Hogs, and Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom! Kelly lives in Macomb Township, Michigan.

Tricia Tusa has more than forty children's books to her name, including In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, which garnered a Charlotte Zolotow Honor from the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin, and Fred Stays with Me by Nancy Coffelt, which received a Boston Globe HornBook Honor. Tricia lives in Galisteo, New Mexico.

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