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The Sandwich Swap Hardcover – April 20, 2010
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The illustrations by Tricia Tusa are delightful to look at, especially in the scene where there is a food fight - truly cute and hilarious! This is a picture book that is appropriate for children ages 4-8, and might be used in the Pre-K- early elementary classroom to discuss cultural differences and how to appreciate diversity and the uniqueness of other cultures. It is never too early to inculcate a tolerance and appreciation of those deemed 'different', especially in the global context of an increasingly connected world.
The lessons learned by both girls in the story is EXACTLY the kind of message students need to hear. Working in a culturally diverse school I know students have many curiosities about one another. But sometimes, those curiosities can sadly turn into put-downs towards one another. It divides everyone which is what happens in the story. Just look around the world, it's pretty obvious we need to start these conversations and teachings early in life. A first grade student said, "I hope everyone goes to multi-cultural night tomorrow to make more friends!" The lovely 'pot-luck' ending will make you think about what your own school is doing to help promote cultural diversity.
The Sandwich Swap is a wonderful reminder and encourager to embrace and appreciate other's differences. It's amazing how a book can increase awareness, sensitivity, and open hearts and minds. This was an impactful read and there is no doubt it has helped increased my school climate. The students clapped as I finished reading the last page. Clapping for diversity! Love it.
I read it to the first graders in our school at the end of the school year and each group was enthralled by the story and readily identified with the characters.
As well as being used to discuss cultural differences, the story could also be used to discuss friendship or being open to new experiences and as an introduction to foods that are specific to different cultures.
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felt like there should be one or two more pages at the end, sort of ended abruptly to me
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My daughter is biracial (half Indian and half White). She appears white, which presented an interesting dynamic for her in her multicultural school. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kimberly Robb Baker
I'm a kindergarten guidance counselor and I used this book to teach a lesson on tolerance, kindness, and respecting differences. The kids loved it.Published 6 months ago by Lauren Krupa
Great story teaches about differences! Love it. Great read for my 4 year old.Published 7 months ago by Brittany Cloyd