Daddy’s Sandwich is the perfect story to read during British Sandwich Week. Little Ruby’s sandwich fillings are very original and include the favourite things in Daddy’s life – inedible as well as edible!
The Story: Ruby offers to make Daddy a sandwich which includes all of his favourite things. She starts off fairly conventionally with bread, butter and cheese but then she really goes to town and starts to add more bizarre ingredients. But what will Ruby choose as Daddy’s final favourite sandwich filling?
Daddy’s Sandwich takes a fun look at a little girl’s love for her Dad through a practical activity. Once Ruby has collected lots of Daddy’s favourite things the sandwich resembles The Leaning Tower of Pisa! The fillings include biscuits dunked in tea, Daddy’s phone, his toolbox and Mum’s bubble bath. The sandwich is truly a labour of love and we love the final illustration which shows Daddy’s reaction to his ‘lunch’.
Laura Hughes’ illustrations are full of humour and bright colours and they really bring the text and Ruby’s emotions to life – we love the expressions on Ruby’s face especially when her tongue is sticking out in concentration as she spreads the butter and the look of delight as she opens a pop up book. The text is simple and consists of Ruby’s dialogue, it’s an easy and fun story for a very young child to understand and older children will appreciate the humour in the pictures – my daughter loves the way that Ruby carries the bubble bath bottle and I love the picture of Ruby blowing up her paddling pool. Ruby’s little grey cat is very cute and although not mentioned in the text is shown on most pages.
This would be a great book to use in the classroom to stimulate a (how not to!) sandwich making session. I have made sandwiches in class with children several times (often as part of a teddy bear’s picnic) and it’s amazing how difficult many children find this task – especially spreading fillings. It can get very messy!
Daddy’s Sandwich is a fun read and the expression on Daddy’s face when he sees his sandwich is hilarious!
Age Range: 3 +
We won our copy of Daddy’s Sandwich on Playing By The Book‘s blog two years ago. At the time my daughter made her own ‘favourites’ sandwich which included cherry jam, apple, Lego and colouring pencils! What favourite things would you put in your sandwich?