Only very young children will appreciate simple lessons of this book that explains the Shabbat from a spider's point of view. While watering the flowers in his mother's garden one Friday morning, Josh breaks Sammy the spider's web. When Sammy asks his mother what Josh is doing, she tells him that Josh's family is preparing to celebrate Shabbat. Sammy watches Josh set the table with candles, wine, and the kiddush cups. As he watches Josh and his mother braid the Shabbat challah, Sammy decides to try the same braids on his torn web and, unknowingly, repairs his web. After a brief nap, Sammy wakes to the sounds of the Josh's family singing "Shabbat Shalom." Kahn's papercut figures, though colorful, are blurry, disproportionate and cold, making the characters appear unrealistic and stiff. The final page contains a recipe for "Josh Shapiro's Favorite Challah" as well as the "Challah Blessing" and a "Blessing Over Bread." Ages 3-8.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2AYoung Sammy Spider, who observed Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, and Passover in earlier titles, now celebrates the Shabbat (Sabbath) with the Shapiro family. From his vantage point of the kitchen window, he sees the Shapiros preparing for the coming of the Shabbat. As Mrs. Shapiro teaches her son to braid challah, Sammy braids his web along with them. This sweet story, told in very simple language, accurately portrays this Jewish ritual. Kahn's large, bright, mixed-media cut-paper illustrations enhance the childlike mood of the narrative. The last page offers a traditional challah recipe, the challah blessing, and the blessing over bread. It is unfortunate that there is no glossary for the Hebrew words. A gentle story for any collection.AMalka Keck, The Temple Tifereth Israel, Beachwood, OH
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The little ones will really like this book. It's sweet and colorful and nicely written. A great way to bring in the holiday.Published 15 months ago by Lbuyer
My kids love the series, but this one is frequently requested. Our kids love to learn about the holidays and observances through these books.Published 16 months ago by E. Riley
Sammy Spider is all about learning by observation of his human family. He also likes seeing how they celebrate holidays and learning to celebrate too. Again not heavy on history.Published 17 months ago by Allie
One of a wonderful series about Jewish Holidays. Kids or all ageslove it! Also helps children to not fear spidersPublished on May 3, 2013 by Mary Jo Smith