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Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah (Sammy Spider's First Books) Paperback – October, 1993
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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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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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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 16 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 17 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 read this with my Junior kindergarten class and my grandchildren and they all enjoyed it. Sammy is a favorite of the children.Published on January 1, 2014 by judi
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