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Sammy Spider's First Passover Paperback – March 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929371828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929371825
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this seasonal follow-up to Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah, the eager arachnid's mother teaches him to make a web when theirs is laid waste by a "monster"?a broom being used to ready the Shapiros' home for Passover. Though Sammy becomes fascinated by his mother's explanations of the holiday traditions, he is repeatedly told, "Spiders don't celebrate Passover. Spiders spin webs." Following instructions, Sammy completes a new web?and participates in the Shapiro family observance after all. Using cut-paper artwork made festive with cheery patterns, Kahn depicts a contemporary human family (complete with kitty), and a mother-son spider duo reminiscent of Eric Carle's creations. Though Rouss's text is lively and informative, her attempts to blend Passover basics with a rudimentary lesson on shapes (the first page terms this "a book of shapes") become somewhat jumbled and ultimately water down both aspects of the story. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Sylvia Rouss is the award-winning author and early childhood educator who created the popular Sammy Spider and The Littlest books.

Sylvia has received numerous awards as an educator and she conducts seminars for parents and teachers.

Sylvia is a featured author and lecturer at book fairs throughout the United States and Israel.

Customer Reviews

This book will be great for the next 3-4 years at least.
SAHMNYC
LOL) and she loves all the Sammy Spider books we have read so far.
J. Shaw
Great book for trying to introduce a small child to Passover.
Mandy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
Sammy Spider was fast asleep in his family web up on the Shapiro's ceiling. A warm spring sun shown through the window, and suddenly a loud noise wakened him.
Mr. Shapiro was dusting the ceiling with a broom. Sammy's mother explained that each spring, when the Shapiro family cleaned for Passover, the Spiders made a new web. As his mother told him how to spin a web, Sammy was distracted by the squares on the table below.
"That's called matzah." Mrs. Spider explained that the Shapiros would eat it at their special meal, called a seder, which also featured a big platter with a roasted egg, bone, parsley, charoset and bitter herbs to help them celebrate. Sammy watched Mr. Shapiro hide the afikomen. After the meal, his son Josh would have try to find it to earn a prize.
Sammy was simply not interested in making a web. He listened to Josh ask the Four Questions--why was this night different from all other nights? When Josh hunted for the Afikomen, he also found a special present from Sammy Spider. But that's a secret also hidden--between the covers of this cute book.
This book is a special Pessach delight for the three-and-under set. Alyssa A. Lappen
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is very good for young children of all ages. It teaches the children in a fun way why we celebrate Passover and the history about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Porter on May 16, 2013
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We read five books to our toddler every night; to keep us from getting stir crazy, we vary the books by season. We were excited to find the Sammy Spider series. We are not of the Jewish faith and saw this as an opportunity to learn more about other religions while getting our kid to got to bed at 7:30. As mentioned in our other reviews, this series is flat. We were particularly not impressed with the First Passover edition. Passover is a dynamic holiday and this book was frankly, boring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mara Engelson on April 16, 2011
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Well the spider is not Jewish but this book does talk about observing others rituals and traditions in a different culture, specifically Judaism. A cute book for a class. I used it for my 2 year old preschool class and they enjoyed it. It really inspired a discussion about shapes, specifically triangles and how to make the Star of David. You could do lots of fun Passover projects with this books theme.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 16, 2009
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I got this book for my son soon after he turned 2. He absolutely loved it! The book kept him interested and very engaged. I would recommend this book to others as a great Passover 101 book for little ones.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Cute book for young children about shapes and about Passover. Nice, colorful illustrations and colorful shapes illustrate this story about Sammy, a young spider who learns how to spin a web while watching a family observe Passover. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.
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