A celebration of friendship, tolerance and cultural differences, inspired by Queen Rania's own experience. Lilly and Salma are best friends. They play together and stick together through thick and thin. But who ever thought that such a simple thing as the difference between peanut butter and hummus could come between them? Lilly and Salma don't quite understand each other's tastes but does that mean that they shouldn't be friends? They understand far better than grown-ups that these things hardly matter - friendship is the most important thing of all.
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah (www.queenrania.jo) of Jordan is dedicated to defending the welfare of children around the world: she is UNICEF's Eminent Advocate for Children. Known also as a champion of cross-cultural tolerance and a campaigner for global education, Her Majesty collaborates with international organizations and grassroots projects in these areas. Kelly DiPucchio (www.kellydipucchio.com) has written several children's picture books, including the New York Times best-seller Grace for President, Bed Hogs, and Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom! Kelly lives in Macomb Township, Michigan. Tricia Tusa has more than forty children's books to her name, including In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, which garnered a Charlotte Zolotow Honor from the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin, and Fred Stays with Me by Nancy Coffelt, which received a Boston Globe HornBook Honor. Tricia lives in Galisteo, New Mexico.