Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing all the same things, and they always eat lunch together. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus-but what's that between friends? It turns out, a lot. Before they know it, a food fight breaks out. Can Lily and Salma put aside their differences? Or will a sandwich come between them?
The smallest things can pull us apart-until we learn that friendship is far more powerful than difference. In a glorious three-page gatefold at the end of the book, Salma, Lily, and all their classmates come together in the true spirit of tolerance and acceptance.
This book is what I would call semi-multicultural as the children in the book come from different cultures. The foods that each eats reflex their individual culture. However this book is more than that. It is about accepting people for who they are and learning something about other cultures and how people are the same in some ways but different in others. All in all, that we are just people.
Kids will certainly get these concepts. The book does address things like bullying and racism but in a gentle sort of way. These things are happening today and kids may see these things reflected in the book. This book could certainly open the gateway for conversation and understanding.
I loved this book and think it should be read in every classroom and home. Moreover, I think we as a people should maybe take some notes from this book.
Disclosure: I bought a copy of this book for my own collections. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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