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Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah (Sammy Spider's First Books) Paperback – October, 1993

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"Preschoolers love Sammy." -- Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star

About the Author

Sylvia Rouss is an award-winning author and early childhood educator who created the popular Sammy Spider books and the Littlest series. She has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel.

Miriam is the author of The Kingdom of the Singing Birds, a National Jewish Book Award Honor Book. She lives in El Cerrito, California.

Katherine Janus Kahn has been illustrating children's books for over 25 years, including the Sammy Spider series and the Ziz books. Her vivid illustrations, in a watercolor and cut-out technique, have been compared to the work of Eric Carle.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Sammy Spider's First Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Pub (October 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780929371467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929371467
  • ASIN: 0929371461
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sammy's First Hanukkah not only introduces preschoolers to Hanukkah in a way that is right on their level, it also reviews numbers and colors as well. A perfect book for the holidays.
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This book is an ideal choice for very young children, as it portrays a fun and interesting view of Hanukkah that is very much in keeping with a small child's own perceptions of the holiday, namely, candle lighting, dreidel playing and latke eating. The story is simply told and the illustrations are colorful and reminiscent of Eric Carle's work. It is a quick reading book that my two and half year old enjoyed a great deal.
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Reviewed by Leslie Granier and Nicholas Lopez (age 5) for Reader Views (10/07)

Sammy Spider and his mother live on the ceiling of the Shapiro family's house. On the first night of Hanukkah, the Shapiros light one candle in the menorah and their son Josh is given a dreidel to spin. Sammy likes to warm his cold feet by the candles. He also enjoys watching the dreidel spin and asks his mother for one of his own. His mother tells him that spiders spin webs, not dreidels. Each consecutive night an additional candle is lit and Josh is given a different colored dreidel. Sammy keeps asking his mother for a dreidel but gets the same response. At the end of Hanukkah, Sammy is sad because he still has no dreidel of his own. His mother presents him with a clever gift - eight different colored socks (the same colors as the dreidels Josh received) each with a little dreidel spun on the end.

Nicholas had no trouble recognizing the colors (except rose because it appeared to be the same color as brown) and liked seeing the names of the colors so he could learn how to spell them. He thought it was funny that Sammy could wear eight socks that were all different colors and was happy his feet would not be cold anymore. He was also happy that Sammy finally got the dreidel that he wanted. He was not thrilled with the illustrations of the Shapiro family's faces. (They were a little abstract).

"Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah" is a good source for teaching young children about colors and numbers and at the same time explaining certain Jewish traditions.

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The Kosher consumer should be both aware and wary. Sammy actively does things with the Menorah which are not permitted according to Jewish Law. As is said in the prayer " Haneiros Hallalu", these candles are Holy and we do not have permission to use them for our own benefit. For the Orthodox consumer, these details ae significant !.
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I teach Chanukah to my children's class every year and part of the lesson is reading stories that I donate to the classroom. This was a great story about a spider learning about the holiday. Also part of a series to teach about different holidays. . Kids seemed to really like it
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By SSM on April 25, 2012
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I bought this book at a libray sale and it was beaten up.....my Kindergarten students loved it so much I had to get another copy. It is a great way for children to learn about Hanukkah.It's a must for classroom teachers of young children.
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I am Jewish but bought this book as a kindergarten teacher at a non-religious private school.

Though this book does not delve into the the deeper meaning of Hanukkah, it is a great topical book for 2-5 year olds who aren't quite ready to understand the deeper meaning of the holiday, or who are at an establishment that avoids religious depth in lessons. This is not a critique at all; the book relays wonderful traditions in an educational and entertaining way that will stick with children more so than the in-depth story of Hanukkah's more religious and tragic history. It is a wonderful introduction to the holiday's concepts, while providing the added bonus of lessons in colors and numbers.
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This is an excellent book about Hanukkah. It has some great information about the holiday such as dreidels, candles and the 8 nights. The story has a very cute ending. I'm a teacher and read this book every year to my students. It is a great buy and a must have addition to any child's library.
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