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The Sandwich Swap

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  4,573 ratings  ·  579 reviews
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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Hyperion Books (first published April 20th 2010)
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May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming story: like peanut butter and jelly, it is sweet and savory; like hummus on pita, is hearty with a dash of spice. This is the tale of two friends, both with different backgrounds, but that never seems to matter to their young, innocent hearts. One day, though, their differences come to a head in a deceptively innocuous way: each girl privately thinks her friend's lunch is weird and, well, gross. When they finally admit this out loud, not only does their friendship teeter in the bl ...more
Lisa Vegan
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody; anyone looking for a good friendship story or a story about tolerance
I just loved this book! It’s a picture book story based on the real life of the author. When she was in nursery school she brought hummus sandwiches for lunch. One day a friend of hers was eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which she thought looked revolting. She was offered a bite and took one to avoid being rude. She loved it! She says in her author’s note at the end that “It’s easy to jump to conclusions when we come across something new or foreign or strange…if we take the time to ge ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Written by Queen Rania of Jordan, this beautiful story about tolerance was a favorite read-aloud with my young students.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The principal of my children's school sent a video of herself reading aloud this story. We are reading aloud to each other a lot during this quarantine, and it was nice to have someone else to read to us.

Great story and beautiful illustrations. Just one note: No peanut butter sandwich swap at school! Never!
I was very pleasantly surprised by this one, as celebrity authors generally do not put out amazing literature, and Rania Al-Abdullah is, in fact, Queen of Jordan. Queen. Woah.

Lily and Salma are best friends. They love to do everything together--jump rope, draw picture, and eat lunch together. Every day Lily brings a peanut butter sandwich for lunch. Salma secretly thinks it looks and smells disgusting. Every day Salma brings hummus in pita bread for lunch. Lily secretly thinks it looks disgu
This is a very lovely little story meant to teach children about the joys to be gained through tolerance and understanding. The girls in the story are very close friends, but are initially horrified by the disgusting food the other is forced to eat for lunch every day, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for the redhead and a hummus and pita sandwich for the dark-haired girl. And one day their feelings come out into the open. Only instead of being curious and open, they let their tempers get a ho ...more
Laura Mincey
Let me start my review by saying this could be one of my favorite books of ALL time! The Sandwich Shop is based upon the true story of the author's experience in school, Rania Al-Abdullah. The two friends in the book are inseparable and spend all of their free time at school by each others side, including lunch. The girls notice they have different sandwiches packed in their lunch pales each day--peanut butter and hummus. They begin to argue over who has the tastier sandwich, and things instantl ...more
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I originally checked out this book for my 2 year old niece and Storytime. However, the due date was approaching so I decided to read it for myself.

Of course, its beyond a "quick and easy" read since its geared towards nursery school and elementary-aged children, but the lesson is one that we as adults can all learn from.

Favorite quote:
"It's easy to jump to conclusions when we come across something new or foreign or strange. But if we take the time to get to know each other, stand in each other's
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful tale about tolerance and expanding your horizons, all under the context of trading a sandwich. It's a simple tale that children will understand, but has a deeper, more meaningful theme that parents will appreciate.

This story was selected as one of the books for the February 2012 - Friendship reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories About Cross-Cultural Friendship
In this sweet picture-book about the importance of accepting our friends for who they are, and giving new things a try, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, and her co-author Kelly DiPucchio present an engaging and humorous story that quietly highlights the ways in which personal disagreements and hurt feelings can escalate into broader conflicts, and how a greater degree of sensitivity, when it comes to differences of all kinds, can help to diffuse such conflicts. The story of two friends, Lily a ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poc, bookshelf-c, picture
This book is an absolute gem! It's about best friends who do everything together at school. They draw, swing, play and of course eat together. However, they both pack very different items in their lunches. One brings a PB&J while the other brings a hummus & pita sandwich. Both girls feel sorry for each other. How could their friend possibly each such a strange, gross concoction? They finally ask one another about it and get into quite a heated argument that eventually has the entire school choos ...more
Such a cute story about the importance of embracing other people's cultures. Yes, embracing, not tolerating. I never liked that word, "tolerance". It has a negative ring to it, as if you should learn to live with people that are different from you, and that's all. I also happen to be a big fan of the author, Queen Rania of Jordan. She is an inspiration for girls everywhere, as evident in the message she is sending to children in this adorable book. My little sister loved this book, and I'm sure ...more
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lily and Salma are best friends. They do a lot of things together very happily. But one thing they did’t agree on was the sandwiches they had for lunch. Lily brought peanut butter and jelly on white bread every day. Salma brought hummus on pita bread every day. Each girl thought that the other girl must be suffering eating that icky looking sandwich every day. One day, Lily blurted out what she thought of Salma’s sandwich and then, feeling very angry, Salma told Lily that her sandwich looked gro ...more
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: younger-kids
Salma and Lilly are best friends, but Lilly doesn't like the look of Salma's sandwich and Salma doesn't like the look of Lilly's sandwich. But in the end they are both yummy!

I almost did not buy this book because it is written by a queen, and I have to be swayed to buy books by famous people. (Not that I think it is impossible for a famous person to write a good book, but more that I worry that it got published because the writer was famous rather than on its merits.) However, the Children's Boo
Sarah BT
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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 ge
Sarah Kasper
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
I love this book! This book reminds me of when I was younger and would bring tuna sandwiches to school and get made fun of because they smelled. I hated being teased about what I ate and even deeper than that it made me feel like the other kids wouldn't like me! But it's important to have people realize, especially children, that something (or someone) you think you might not like may end up being awesome! This book does a great job of teaching that lesson in a fun and relatable way. ...more
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, picture-books
Written by royalty! (the princess of Jordan)

This book is about two girls who are very good friends - until they have a big fight about the type of sandwiches they eat for lunch.

Lively, colorful illustrations. Great message about accepting others and trying new things without shoving it (slight pun intended) down your throat.
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good for teaching open mindedness toward other cultures. K-5 appropriate
Rian *fire and books*
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A twinge heavy handed but ultimately a cute as heck story about acceptance, trying new things, and friendship. Additionally a good one for conflict resolution.
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
It all began with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a hummus and pita sandwich... two best friends that did everything together suddenly turned against one another because of a snap judgment that the other had a meal that was "gross" or "weird." Hurt feelings turned into anger, and soon the girls began a feud that had the whole school involved.

I think this is a subject that all people -- child or adult -- can relate to. I remember the days when I got to bring my family's special italian sou
Like the best children's books, The Sandwich Swap tells a simple story that speaks volumes. Salma and Lily are best friends who do everything together, but privately each one thinks the other's lunchtime meal of choice (hummus for Salma, pb&j for Lily) looks pretty gross.

When the secret finally slips, their argument turns into a school-wide food fight, with some pretty nasty name-calling and plenty of hurt feelings among their peers. Ashamed at the mess they've created, the two girls
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
The professor of one of my reading education courses shared "The Sandwich Swap" with us about a year ago. Part of the course was to tutor a student for 30 hours and many of the tutees were the children of international students from the university. This book really helped us to think about things from the perspective of the international children.

I re-read the book today to examine the friendship between the two girls and I am glad I did. You notice more about a book when you do the reading your
Patricia Stephens
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
This was a great story about the acceptance of others and the respect for others cultures, beliefs, and traditions. The story starts out with two best friends, a girl who is white, and another girl who has a darker skin tone. The girls do everything together because well, they are best friends. At lunch, they both eat their sandwiches, which one is a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, while the other is a hummus sandwich. Each girl has opinions about the other girl's sandwich, but says no ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Suitable grades: Kindergarten-Grade 2
Theme/Topics: Kindness, respect, cultural diversity
Opening: It all began with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich...and it ended with a hummus sandwich.
Brief Synopsis: Selma and Lily were best friends and they were always together, doing same things. They are different in the way they eat. Selma eats a hummus and pita sandwich while Lily eats a PBJ sandwich every day for lunch. Both friends say some hurtful things about each other’s lunch which pulls them apar
Opening: “Yesterday we read Can I Play Too? That book showed us that one way to be kind is to include others. We saw that the characters were able to find a way to include their friend by playing a new game together. The characters showed understanding toward each other. Today we are going to look at another way to show kindness toward others. (show the book cover) This book is about 2 friends that have a disagreement. What is a disagreement? Have you ever had a disagreement with a friend? Let's ...more
Alondra Carter
"The Sandwich Swap", written by Rania Al Abdullah and illustrated by Tricia Tusa, was a book that I really enjoyed, because it was very cute and fun. I like how the story focuses around a friendship between two people from different cultures. Two friend with different cultures/backgrounds ate something at lunch that was different from each other's lunch, and both thought each other' s lunch looked nasty because they were not familiar with it. However, once trying each other's sandwich they reali ...more
Tori Webster
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
"The Sandwich Shop" is a story about two friends that become upset with one another over their lunch. Lilly eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich everyday, whole Selma has a hummus and pita sandwich. They each think the other's is gross, and their feelings are hurt when they tell one another their true feelings. Eventually, they try one another's lunch and decide to be friends again and even start a multicultural food celebration at their school.
I really liked how this book discusses how every
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Such a cute book! I would definately read this book to a class on the first day of school before lunch. The two characters, Lily and Salma, are best friends who have different opinions about what is good for lunch. Lily always eats PBJ sandwiches and Salma eats Hummus and Pita sandwiches. They each think the others sandwich looks GROSS and it starts a big arguement between the two friends, which spreads school wide and leads to a huge food fight! The kids will enjoy this book but they will also ...more
Anthony Smith
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: grade-this
The Sandwich Swap is a book about two best friends who do everything together. The only exception to this is that they eat different lunches each day. It came to an event at lunch where they disliked each other’s lunches and ended up not friends anymore. After they tried each other’s sandwich, they liked each other and became friends again. This book has good meaning for children. The first thing it teaches is that a person does not have to do and like every single little thing their best friend ...more
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-eastern
This is an incredibly touching story of two girls who are best friends. They like to do all the same things, like coloring and jumping rope, but when it comes to lunch, they like to eat different things. Lily eats peanut butter sandwiches and Salma eats hummus on pita. When their differences come between them, a food fight erupts. They are ashamed of their actions and soon come up with a plan to bring a special event to the whole school.

The author's note at the end of the book gives the reader
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Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah (Arabic: الملكة رانيا العبد الله‎ Rānyā al-‘abdu l-Lāh; born Rania al Yassin) is the current Queen consort of Jordan as the wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan.

As a global figure, and considered by some to be one of the world’s most powerful women, Queen Rania has focused her energy, at home and abroad, on a variety of causes, notably education.

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