external image 2-SandwichSwap_large.jpgThe "Sandwich Swap" is a book that is close to Jordanian's hearts not only because it highlights a common local food but also it was written by their own Queen Rania Al Abdulla with Kelly DiPucchio and Illustrator, Tricia Tusa. It has an important message about cultural tolerance and acceptance that is woven around a fun story concerning two friends and their lunch sandwiches.

Here are a few reviews of the book from which you'll realize how succinctly this book captures the spirit of what we're doing in the Lunchbox Project:
http://charactercounts.org/chron/2010/06/28/the-sandwich-swap/
http://rebf-afterthoughts.blogspot.com/2010/01/picturebook-review-sandwich-swap-by-her.html
http://www.simplymeinnyc.com/2010/04/queen-rania-of-jordan-promoting-her.html

This link gives a wonderful interpretation and deconstruction of the illustrations within in the book. Highlighting how the book can be used to address Media Literacy curriculum.
http://www.haaretz.com/culture/books/drawing-their-lines-in-the-sandwich-1.297326

This is a link to a video that uses images within the book to encourage classroom discussions into media literacy, character education, visual literacy, story structure and reading comprehension: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFvRsHEJyYc

This is from one of the authors, Kelly Dipucchio's blog about school visits regarding the Sandwich Swap:
http://kellydipucchio.blogspot.com/2010/11/thankful.html

And these are a few links from Queen Rania's book tour in the United States:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9X3pIX7UoU (Queen Rania on the View)
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/video/queen-ranias-sandwich-swap-10485989 (first 3min. of this ABC interview)

And here is some background on Queen Rania:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWGd3-3CfMg&
Her website: http://www.queenrania.jo/ and her twitter stream: http://twitter.com/queenrania

I am currently working on a video to show the read aloud so until then, you can listen to the story..
You really need this image from the last page to understand the ending of the book....(I really love the illustrations in this book!)
sandwichswaplastpagesm.jpg

This slideshow is from Queen Rania's flickr account where she collects photos of her book tours and readings.


Hopefully, we can get a few "unofficial" translations of the book completed on Dotsub once I put up the readaloud video. To make things easier, I've shared a google doc. containing the book's text - If you want to provide a translation within the Google Doc. I'll give you editing access to the document.