Who doesn't love a class party?!? No one. Well, except for Simon. And the reasons why aren't what you'd expect...
Simon and the Sad Salad is a touching story about bullying, disadvantage and what we can all do to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
A kids' book that is essential reading in a world where inequality is everywhere we look.
Recommended ages: for 0 - 6yrs old
Author: Teigan Margetts
Illustrator: Alvin Mulyono
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.
Praise for Simon and the Sad Salad
"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.
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...
We create gorgeous children’s books with a message. But when we produce them, we also send a message.
The overwhelming majority of the world’s children’s books are produced in high-polluting factories, with non-recycled paper and petroleum-based ink, which is terrible for the environment. Here at Ethicool, we knew that wasn’t an option for us - we couldn’t very well contribute to the problem we were trying to solve. That’s why Ethicool books are printed on recycled papers, using soy-based, environmentally safe inks.