Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan with Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Tricia Tusa

2010/32 pgs

About the Book: Lily and Salma are best friends who do everything together. But every day at lunch, Lily eats PB&J and Salma eats pita and hummus. The girls each think the other's sandwich looks strange and the day they tell each other to stop eating yucky sandwiches is the day things get out of hand. Can sandwiches bring the friends back together?

Sarah Teenlibrarian Says: I had seen this book reviewed in many places when it first came out last year, so when I saw it on the children's new shelf, I decided to read it.

As far as celebrity/politician authored picture books go, this one is actually pretty decent. It's a fairly simplistic story, but it's a cute one and I can see it easily being used in classrooms to inspire a pint-size International Potluck. The watercolor illustrations add to the sweetness of the book and muted color palet makes it feel like a nice gentle read.

It's a cute story and a sweet reminder of friendship.

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