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Report: Jordan queen rejects Hebrew translation of book

July 14, 2010 11:04 A.M. (Updated: July 14, 2010 7:39 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Queen Rania of Jordan has turned down several offers to publish a Hebrew version of her New York Times bestselling children's book, Israeli media reported Wednesday.

The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Rania rejected offers to translate the The Sandwich Swap, aimed at children between four and eight. The book was co-written with Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Tricia Tusa.

During a promotional campaign, the queen described it as the story of two girls who let the food they bring to school get in the way of their friendship, the daily reported. The two main characters bring to school two different types of sandwiches, one with hummus and one with peanut butter and jelly, disparaging each other based on their own cultural preconceptions despite sharing common ground.

During an interview after the book's publication, Queen Rania, who is Palestinian, said the story was influenced by her own childhood and that her own mother sent her to school with hummus and pita sandwiches. She also described her shock the first time she saw a classmate eating peanut butter and jelly.

The Sandwich Swap has been published in English and Arabic. The queen's website notes that proceeds from the sale of the book will go to an organization in Jordan that is renovating 500 schools.
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