Simon and the Sad Salad9780648702412
A heartwarming story about caring for those less fortunate.
Inspire your little ones to share and care.
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.
Who is this book for?
If you’re looking for a children’s book about sharing and caring, bullying or poverty, or simply want a heart-warming story with a purpose to share with your children, nieces, nephews or grandchildren, this book makes the perfect purchase or gift.
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