The Sandwich Swap
Jordan's Queen Rania Al Abdullah based children's book "The Sandwich Swap" on a memory from her own childhood.
This year's crop of children's books includes a number of "green" titles that focus on how kids â€“ and the rest of us â€“ can help to heal the earth. But how about relationships between people? Can they be healed as well? Jordanâ€™s Queen Rania Al Abdullah believes that they can and has written The Sandwich Swap to prove it.
The queen, who lives in a famously troubled part of the world, explains in an authorâ€™s note that this book is inspired by an incident in her own girlhood. â€śThe Sandwich Swapâ€ť tells the story of Lily and Salma â€“ best friends forever who love to play, create, and eat together. (Their joy of their togetherness radiates throughout veteran illustrator Tricia Tusaâ€™s sunny drawings.)
At least, that is, until the day that Lily tells Salma that her hummus sandwich is yucky. And Salma responds that Lilyâ€™s peanut butter sandwich smells funny.
It all escalates from there and the girls must â€“ and do â€“ find a way to bring peace not only to their friendship but to their entire lunchroom. For readers young and old, itâ€™s a lesson to remember.
Marjorie Kehe is the Monitor's book editor.