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Simon and the Sad Salad

Rating: 4.86 out of 5.0
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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...

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
Sabourne Julie

The books are great bought them for my grandchildren

Kaylene MacMillan

I love both the books I bought from you. The little boys I look after love them too. They get me to read them over and over again. Thank you
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Kaylene MacMillan

An important message to share about poverty and sharing

When I grew up in Australia, there was a heightened sense of awareness and kindness when it came to people dealing with poverty. People no longer discuss these issues in the media or in social circles. This is why I think this book is so important. The story also promotes diversity - it doesn’t matter what culture or background you come from. We should celebrate diversity.

Kay Crampton

A beautiful story about being kind

Louise Maher
Simon and the Sad Salad

Aside from the fact my partner is called Simon....! I also really like this picture book because it has a 'real' message - with a lovely twist and colourful illustrations - which many young school children should relate to. And the tough printing product is high quality. Well done Ethicool.

Pam Chow

It is a Christmas gift so no review from the recipient but I love it!

Michelle McLeod
Sharing is caring.

Oh wow,what a beautiful story. I'm sure we all know someone or have been in Simon's position at some point in our life. This is a great book for schools to have in their libraries. There are many out there these days who are struggling and the lesson of sharing and caring in this beautiful story is very educational and well, just lovely.

Lauren White

The bright and bubbly illustrations in this children's book help share a sad but lovely message about the diverse world we live in and what one person can do to help make someone else's life that bit brighter. Poverty, kindness and friendship are all touched on lightly in this story allowing for wonderful discussions and learning about how we can care for others.
Thank you Ethicool for sharing yet another thoughtful and empowering story of hope.

Glenys Caust

Simon and the Sad Salad

Jess Davis
Great book

My 3yo really enjoyed this book and I found it really useful to help start the conversation about those that don’t have much and what we can do to help each other

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