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Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah (Sammy Spider's First Books) Paperback – October, 1993
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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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I bought this book at Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They have recreated a colonial village with actual homes that existed long ago. The Shapiro house is there! The Shapiro's were among the first Jewish settlers in America. When you visit Strawberry Banke, there are actors/guides in the homes, so we got to tour the home and speak with "Mrs. Shapiro" as she cooked her family's dinner. Though we searched and searched for Sammy, my daughter and I decided that he must have been hiding that day.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My five year old and I enjoyed this story very much! Well written with lovely illustrations. I would re commend for age 5 and up.Published 13 months ago by Jessica E. Culp
My favorite book growing up as kid. Just bought it for the kids I babysit for and they absolute love it! I still enjoy reading. Great for all levels of Judaism!Published 14 months ago by Leah
If your little one is learning colors and counting this book has lots of repetition. My two year old liked it and my five year old liked it the first two times but didn't want to... Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by Brandi Rogers
I view SHALOMTV ON COXCABLE AND ON THE WEB THEY ALWAYS HAVE THIS SERIES AND I JUST LOVE THEM. IWISH THEY HAD AN AUDIO SERIESPublished on December 30, 2013 by Rachel
We have ALL the Sammy Spider Jewish Holiday books and I hope they make more. Our kids enjoy them and they provide an age appropriate look at the holidays.Published on October 21, 2013 by A Reviewer
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. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by MelB
We love the Sammy Spider series and this one did not disappoint. My daughter always enjoys his adventures and learns about of culture and holiday at the same time.Published on May 28, 2013 by D. Travers