Our Videos

April 27, 10

NEWS / Ban lauds Jordans Queen for childrens book on cross-cultural understanding


27 April 2010 – A cultural food fight between “gooey” peanut butter and jelly and “icky” hummus sandwiches leads to global acceptance – at least at the grade-school level – in a colourful picture book launched today by Queen Rania of Jordan and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Eminent Advocate for children.

“I commend Her Majesty Queen Rania for her longstanding commitment to raising awareness about the importance of mutual respect and cross-cultural understanding,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the launch of The Sandwich Swap at the UN Bookshop in New York.

“Tolerance and peaceful coexistence are core United Nations values and essential to progress in the twenty-first century,” added Mr. Ban, who was joined at the launch by Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka.

The book tells the story of best friends Lily and Salma who play together until one day Lily blurts out that Salma’s hummus sandwich looks yucky, and Salma says her friend’s peanut butter and jelly looks and smells gross.

“The peanut butter versus hummus story had spread, and everyone began choosing sides,” the story continued, culminating in mutual name calling “dress dumb” and “look weird,” and a massive food fight.

The story ends, spoiler alert, with a visit to the principal’s office. Shamed, the girls taste each other’s sandwiches, only to discover the strange sandwiches are quite tasty, and organize a special international event at the school, illustrated with a special three-page fold-out.

The book, co-written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Tricia Tusa, is inspired by the usually hummus and pita sandwich-toting Queen’s own introduction to peanut butter and jelly by a peer in nursery school.

“She asked if I would like to try it and because I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, I braced myself and tasted it. Well, I thought it was heavenly,” the Queen explains in the book’s author note.

“It’s easy to jump to conclusions when we come across something new or foreign or strange,” the Queen wrote, adding that if we get to know each other, “we learn something wonderful about someone else and about ourselves.”

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=34499&Cr=children&Cr1=

 




Testimonials

AnnaMaria Realbuto
Thank you for all your assistance and efficiency...
Read More »
Kateryna Melnychenko
Thanks a lot Anton!...
Read More »
Rani Payne
Thank you so much! I’m sure I will be in touch again with something else that will need to be apost...
Read More »
Serge Bauer Law
Thank you again for your help with this case!...
Read More »



FAQ

Q. I received my stimulus payment, but it was less than what my friends and neighbors received. Why?
Read More »
Q. When will I get my payment?
Read More »
How many new jobs do small fi rms create?
Read More »
Q. Can I serve other documents through the diplomatic channel?
Read More »






News

May 22, 24
Premature baby born to US couple finally issued birth certificate
Read More »
May 16, 24
Bureaucratic snafu with birth certificate strands young US couple with newborn baby in Brazil
Read More »
May 13, 24
Apostille Convention to Take Effect in Rwanda in June
Read More »
May 6, 24
Federal Appeals Court Debates Tennessee’s Birth Certificate Policy Amid Transgender Rights Battle
Read More »