Sandwich Swap – Book Review







I wanted to dive back into giving some children’s book reviews so here is 1 book that caught my eye recently. It’s available in the Atlanta Fulton Library system and it’s written by by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah  (Author), Kelly DiPucchio  (Author), Tricia Tusa (Illustrator). 

My view: The story is heartwarming and beautifully written and whimsically illustrated. It’s about two best friends who eye each other’s sandwiches with dislike, before squabbling over it, and then coming back together again to create something beautiful! As a child, I would go to school with aloo-kabab sandwiches and once when I tasted peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwiches, thought them weird and funny tasting! Now I love peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwiches!

Favorite Details: What I especially loved about this book is the details of Salma and Lilly’s friendship. I included a quick photo of them below swinging together. I also loved the multiculturalism of this story and will be reviewing more multicultural stories soon, not just Muslim stories as I’ve done all that I could find! If you have more stories or recommendations, please send my way.

Favorite Quote: 

“I said, your sandwich looks yucky.”

Salma frowned. She looked down at the thin, soft bread, and she thought of her beautiful smiling mother as she carefully cut Salma’s sandwich into two neat halves that morning. Her hurt feelings turned mad.



Amazon Summary: 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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Photocredit above and interview with Queen Rania:  here:



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