Simon and the Sad Salad9780648702412
A heartwarming story about caring for those less fortunate.
Kids going hungry at school? Not cool.
So, what is this picture book about?
Join Simon, and the superhero of the day, Asha, as they celebrate at their annual class party. Everyone brings something delicious and extravagant to the party, but not Simon. Asha heads off on a noble journey to discover why … and what she finds changes how she behaves, once and for all.
This evocative and moving book encourages empathy, understanding, and ultimately sharing and caring in children - and in all who read it.
A stark reminder of the challenges some children face at school, this story shows us what we can all do about it.
We get teary every time we read it. But what do book reviewers have to say?
"This book is what the world needs right now. Families are doing it tough, money is tight, kids are going to school without breakfast. It's time we all took action. This books helps show us how." Kids.Books.We.Love
“Simon and the Sad Salad is everything that’s wonderful about Ethicool Books. It addresses a real gap in the market, helping children living in poverty feel seen and included and helping children not affected by poverty understand and support friends who are.’ Shannon A. Jade.
From the author, Ethicool's Co-Founder, Teigan Margetts. Why did you write this children's book?
When I was growing up, my mum, an amazing school teacher, would often come home with the most heartbreaking stories about children at school who were doing it tough. Whether it was that their parents couldn’t afford school uniforms, excursions or lunch for them, children with less always seemed to not only miss out, but be the subject of relentless bullying by others. Bullying is such a big challenge as it is, let alone having to endure it on an empty stomach.
Now having young children of my own, I can see how much capacity young children have to empathise and understand - way more than we give them credit for. I wanted to write a story where children could see for themselves how someone in their class might feel if they were doing it tough, and discuss honestly why this might be happening. In addition to this though, I wanted to empower young readers to understand that they too can help others in need, and that it doesn’t take much to do so.
And finally, why do we need a kids’ book about caring for those less fortunate than ourselves?
Worldwide, income inequality is drastically increasing, with the 25 richest people in the world now having more wealth than the bottom 50%. Poverty is an increasing problem in both the developing and developed world, with over half a million people homeless in the US alone, and many more in most countries.
Children, though, don’t understand the "why" behind poverty and simply see those struggling as "different". This can result in bullying and further ostracisation of children already in need.
Let’s raise a generation of little superheroes who understand that sharing and caring are the best ways to support those less fortunate than ourselves.
An excerpt from the story
It's nearly the end of the school year, and that means it's time for a class party! Class parties are the best! Everyone brings lots of food, and eats and eats and eats.
One girl in the class, Asha, is bringing sushi to the class party. Another boy, Arjun, is bringing samosas. And Charlotte, the class captain, is bringing cupcakes with everyone's names on them.
But one boy, Simon, can't bring very much at all. He's bringing salad. But it isn't just any salad, it's a very sad looking salad, indeed...
Ethicool Books aren't just talking the talk, they are walking the walk! 👏🌏 I received Simon and the Sad Salad by Teigan Margetts and was super impressed to see it delivered in a compostable, zero-waste bag! Nice work 👌 I really loved that this story featured diverse children and that there was a clear message and encouragement to not just think about others, but to find a way to help those less fortunate than yourself. I can't recall a picture book that deals with the issue of poverty from a kids perspective like this. It was a springboard for LOTS of powerful questions from my kids.
Despite the fact that approximately 15 million children—21 percent—in the United States live in poverty, it’s not a topic that appear in picture books very often. Simon and the Sad Salad, I think, addresses a very real, very important gap in the market, helping children living in poverty to feel seen and included and helping children not affected by poverty to understand and support friends who are. This is a big topic, but Simon and the Sad Salad communicates it clearly and simply, making it relatable and comprehensible.
Conveys an important message in a sweet story that captivated my son
Our 2.5yo is having heaps of fun with this one. Very cute little illustrations :-D