Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Children's Choice Read: The Sandwich Swap


When it comes to children's books, I have a real weakness. Why shouldn't I? Book are fantastic and I have three little readers and/or book loving minds to mold. I am building a lifelong library so book shopping is jus.ti.fied. Our latest children's choice read is The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah with Kelly Di Pucchio.  The story of two girls, Lily & Salma, best friends in fact, that share everything except a common culture. Through their delicious differences we learn the concepts of acceptance, friendship and understanding. The story is accompanied by the absolutely beautiful illustrations of Tricia Tusa which bring the story alive in a fluid like manner. The water colorful depictions of real childhood scenes is captured with the turn of each page. 


A bit of our favorite page from the book.
We are on holiday and this book was the perfect fit to our at home cultural studies for the next two weeks. Yes, we are on vacation but we still find ways to integrate learning into our lives. Diversity seems to be on the forefront these days. With the big US elections, crises in Europe's economy, and natural disasters as a part of life all over the world, now is the perfect time to understand different cultures and find ways to accept them. I have traveled across the globe and can tell you one thing that remains true no matter the color, religion, finances & age: Humans are amazingly powerful beings who thrive in diversity. We learn from each other and our varying life experiences. Books like this will have us putting away judgments and make our children aware of some of the cultural differences in life. I consider my family lucky to be so ethnically diverse (shortlist: Spanish, Chinese, African & Anglo) but it also makes me aware of the opposition to many cultures and races around the world. This is always very shocking to me considering most living people these days are a mixture of a culture or two. Are they not aware or just living with blinders on? Well, whatever the case this book will help all of us open our eyes a little bit more and start living a real good life.

Ranked as one of Forbes' top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011, The Sandwich Swap co-author Queen Rania of Jordan is a Philanthropist and advocate for children's rights (amongst many other causes). One of the most important messages that stands with me from her litany of real life stances is:
 Education is a life line

Image from the back cover of the book.
It is because of smart women like this that I will constantly be educating my children in our daily lives & continue to purchase books that elevate both our minds. I highly suggest purchasing this one for your own family (Shop Smart & buy as gifts especially with the holidays coming up!) How gorgeous is the Queen? After we finished the story and I was explaining that it was written by a queen, my five year old asked while looking at her photograph, "How is she a queen if she is not even old?". Classic. I explained to him that just like in the book, queens are diverse, too.



Labels

#giveback (4) #happynewyear (1) #shopsmart (2) 1795 (1) 2014 (1) A Life in Frocks (1) accessories (2) act 2 (1) action carts (1) activities (2) actors (2) advice (1) affirmation (1) Africa (1) AIA (1) aide (1) Air New Zealand (1) airports (1) Albert Einstein (1) Ali Harper (1) Alice in wonderland (1) all natural remedy (2) all-natural (2) ancestors (1) angels (1) animals (3) annual (1) apple. ios 7 (1) archaeology (1) architecture (2) art (14) artists (1) arts (1) asia (1) awareness (1) Azature (1) babies (1) back to school (1) balance (1) battery farms (1) beach (2) beach life (1) Beach to Bay (1) beautiful (2) beauty (5) bedrooms (1) Bees (1) benefits (2) Beverly Hills Manners (1) big family (1) big mushrooms (1) bikes (1) blue penguin (1) book (1) books (6) books. reading (1) boutique (1) Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1) buddha (1) bugs (1) buildings (1) bumper stickers (1) busy life (1) busy mom (2) butterfly (3) calaveras (1) calm for kids (1) capsules (1) cat (1) cathy de la cruz (1) celebrate (1) celebration (2) celebrities (1) celebrity (1) cell phones (1) chanel (1) change (1) charity (5) charity:water (1) chickens (1) children (28) children's relief (1) Christchurch (17) Christchurch city council (1) Christmas (3) Christmas 2011 (1) Christmas in the Park (1) city life (1) clarisonic (1) cleaning (1) climate change (1) clinical pediatrics (1) clothes (2) clouds (1) clutter (1) CNN (3) collectibles (1) compassion (1) Conde Nast (1) conservation (3) cool (2) cost (1) Cotton On Kids (1) crafts (4) creative (1) creativity (2) culture (2) cute (2) cyclone Pam (1) dads (1) daily walk (1) Darth Vader and Son (1) date night (2) dead battery (1) decor (1) decoration (2) decorations (1) desert (1) design (1) dessert (1) disaster relief (1) disney (1) display (2) Distinctive Assets (1) diy (1) doctors without borders (1) dogs (2) donations (1) drama (1) dreams (1) Duchess of Cambridge (1) earth (2) earthquake (1) easter (3) easy (1) eating out (1) eco friendly (3) eco store (1) ecological (1) ecology (1) ecoluxury (1) education (2) eggs (2) EIU (1) elephants (1) emmy's 2013 (1) energy (2) enviornment (1) essential oil (1) etiquette (1) events (2) exercise (3) exhibition (1) extenstions (1) fall (2) families (3) family (46) family life (10) family time (5) family tips (1) fashion week (1) father's day (1) feathers (1) Festa (1) fighters (1) fire (1) fire. (1) fitness (2) flies (1) flower (1) flowers (11) foliage (1) food (4) FOUND My Animal (1) francine wheeler (1) fresh flowers (1) friends (1) friendship (2) From Saks to Salvation (1) full moon (1) fun (10) fungi (1) fungus (1) funny (2) gaiam (1) gallery (1) game of thrones (1) games (1) garden (1) gardeners (1) gardening (3) gardens (3) gerberas (1) germaphobe (1) germs (1) ghandi (1) gift (1) gifts (4) glitter (1) go carts (1) Golden Globes (1) goodie bag (1) graffiti (1) great quotes (4) green living (1) grooming (1) growing (1) gun laws (1) Guy Sebastian (1) Hagley Park (1) hair (1) Hanmer Springs (1) Happy New Year (1) Harlequin Players (1) hats (1) healing (1) health (6) healthy (4) Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan (1) herbs (1) heritage (1) hipster (1) history (2) holiday (3) holiday travel (1) hollywood (1) Holocaust (1) home (2) home school (1) homeschool (4) household (1) housing (1) Huffington Post (1) human nature (1) ice cream (1) ideas (3) images (1) imagination (3) Imagine Youth Theatre (1) insects (1) inspiration (6) Instagram (7) international (1) j.d. salinger (1) jack (1) Japanese (1) Jeanette Walls (1) Jeffrey Brown (1) jenny packham (1) kailo chic (1) Kate Middleton (2) Kelly Doust (1) kids (40) KidsFest (2) kiehl's (1) learning (2) leaves (1) Lego (1) legos (1) Lena Carpenter (1) lessons (1) life (11) life quote (2) lifestyle (2) lillies (1) lily (1) lin yutang (1) lisa gache (1) literacy (1) literature (1) little boy reacts (1) liveability survey (1) lizards (1) Los Angeles Holocaust Memorial (1) love (6) lucky (1) lunch (1) lunches (2) Luxcity (1) luxury (3) magazine (1) magic (1) magic grow (1) manicure (1) manners (1) maple syrup (1) Martha Stewart (1) mason jars (1) mediate (1) Melissa and Doug (1) memoir (1) mess (1) messy (1) mexican (1) Mexican art (1) mindfood (1) Ministry of Awesome (1) models (1) moms (11) monarchs (1) moon (1) More FM (1) morning (2) morning walk (1) most expensive nail polish (1) mother nature (9) mothers (3) movie (1) movie stars (1) moving (1) Mozart (1) mums (2) mushrooms (1) music (4) music appreciation (1) nars (1) National geographic (2) natural (1) natural disaster (1) nature (14) nepal (1) nerds (1) new year (2) New York City (1) New Zealand (18) Nikon (1) no flex zone (1) noaa (1) nobel prize (1) nominees (1) note writing (1) nutcracker (1) nye (1) nz (1) nziff (1) o'shaughnessy (1) Obama (1) october 20th (1) official portrait (1) opera (2) Oprah (1) ornithologist (1) oscars (1) otoƱo (1) outdoors (9) oxfam Australia (1) paint (1) paper scraps (1) Parenting (1) parents (3) party (2) patrick modiano (1) Paul Emsley (1) Paul Revere (1) peace (1) pedicure (1) people (1) peppermint oil (1) perception (1) performance (1) periodicals (1) pets (2) photo shoot (2) photo shoot. real life (1) photographs (3) photography (28) photos (3) pictures (1) pinterest (3) pizza (1) planet (3) planting (2) plants (3) play (2) playing (2) poem (1) polyvore (1) pools (1) portfolio models (1) portraits (1) positive (1) praying mantis (1) preservation (1) Pritzer Prize (1) production (1) projects (2) protea (1) protection (2) purple (1) puzzles (1) quality time (1) quote (1) quotes (5) Rachel Young (1) railroad (1) rainbow (1) rainbow paper (1) rainbows (1) reaction (1) read (1) reading (5) reading time (1) real life (35) recycle (2) red cross (1) reduce (1) relationships (1) relaxation (4) relief (1) relocation (1) rescue (1) resolution (1) reuse (2) rides (1) Robert Clark (1) rockets (1) rocky (1) rooms (1) roses (1) routine (1) Running (1) sad truth (1) safety (3) sale (1) Sam Adams (1) Savory Salvations (1) school (1) science (2) science project (1) seasonal (1) Seattle King Street Station (1) self care (1) Self Magazine (1) shadows of shoah (1) shells (1) Shigeru Ban (1) shop (1) shop smart (1) shopping (14) sidewalks (1) silly (1) silver fern (1) simple (2) simplicity (1) skin cancer (1) skinnies (1) skulls (1) sky (1) small farm (1) smart (1) smart people (1) smart phones (2) smocks (1) Snow White (1) soap play (1) sombrero (1) sons (1) spa (1) sponges (1) spray paint (1) spring (3) spring clean (1) star wars (1) storing (1) street art (1) stress (3) study (1) style (6) styling (2) succulent (1) summer (2) sun (2) sun smart (1) Sunflower (1) sunglasses (1) surf life saving (1) sustainability (1) sustainable sponges (1) swimming (1) table manners (1) talking (1) teaching (1) technology (1) The Breeze Walking Festival (1) the court Theatre (1) the flock (1) The Glass Castle (1) The Ode (1) The Press (1) The Sandwich Swap (1) The Valkyrie (1) theme park (1) things to do (1) thoughts (1) timaru (1) time capsule (1) tips (6) toilet paper rolls (1) top one percent (1) toys (4) traditions (2) trains (1) transformations (1) travel (1) Twitter (1) tyrion lannister (1) umbrella (1) United States (1) uv rays (2) values (2) Vanuatu (1) vintage (1) Violin (1) virtual age (1) visit (1) Vogue Australia (1) walking (2) water (1) we are the music makers (1) wellness (1) white (2) whole living (1) wildlife conservation society (1) Willowbank Wildlife Reserve (1) wind (1) winter (1) wisdom (1) wives (1) women (2) wood (1) work (1) workout (1) world (1) writing (1) Yes To Carrots (1) yoga (2) youth theater (1) Zoe Zadokierski (1)