Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

The Sandwich Swap


Bibliography: Written by Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio, Illustrated by Tricia Tusa, Disney-Hyperion Books, New York, 2010, 32 pgs.

Reading Level:  630L

Synopsis: Two best friends, Lily and Salma, loved to do every together, but one thing they did not love was what the other one ate for lunch.  After their dislike turns into a school wide cafeteria food fight, the girls trade lunches.  They discover they actually like what the other one was eating and decided to share the foods with the whole school.

Classroom Rationale:  This book would be helpful to teach students about understanding each other’s differences and trying to understand and appreciate those differences.  Students can identify the lesson from the story and what the author is trying to teach them.  Then, read the author’s note to the students that explains the message and compare the author’s message to what they inferred from the text.  Ask students to describe the characters or what happens in the stories using the pictures.

Common Core:  Students can recount the details of what happened in the story and show they understand the message from the story (RL 1.2).  Use pictures  and details from the text to describe the characters and the events (RL 1.7).


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This entry was posted on June 20, 2013 by in Picturebooks and tagged , , , .

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