The Sandwhich Swap

Al Adullah, R., DiPucchio, K., & Tusa, T. (2010). The sandwhich swap. New York, NY: Disney-Hyperion.

Best friends Lily and Salma struggle with accepting one another’s  taste in lunch. When a food fight breaks out, their disagreement put their friendship to the ultimate test.

Genre: Fiction

Grade: 1st-3rd

Readers who will like this book: Children who value friendship, children who enjoy stories involving, cultural diversity, children who like stories involving tolerance.

Response and rating: 5, I liked this book a lot. I think it’s a great book for teaching children about tolerance, because its message is funny and lighthearted and I think it would be relatively easy for children to understand it. I think it would be a great story to read in class to break down and educate children on some of the cultural and ethnic barriers in society!

Question: Have you and a friend ever had a disagreement about something? How did you solve it?

Reading Strategy: Reading Logs (Tompkins pgs. 113-115)

A reading log’s primary purpose involves a student considering the book their reading in a deeper and more meaningful sense. Students could both draw a picture and write a short note about what the  book has taught them. I think using this strategy would be great for this book because it could serve as a sort of formative assessment for the teacher to see whether or not students are correctly receiving the message of tolerance. I also think that it would be an appropriate strategy  because it would allow children to privately express their  feelings surrounding a sometimes sensitive topic.


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