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Sammy Spider's First Shabbat Paperback – January 1, 1998

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From Publishers Weekly

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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From School Library Journal

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
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580130062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580130066
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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Format: Paperback
This book introduces young children to Shabbat as a young spider and his mother watch a family prepare for Shabbat. The colors are bright and vivid and the text is clear and easily accessible to young children. Concepts introduced include sunrise-sunset,shabbat preparation and family togetherness. Don't miss the challah recipe on the last page.
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This book series doesn't talk about the history of the holiday but instead focuses the story on the traditions that Sammy the spider observes from his web. For those who complain about the lack of history...toddlers that would enjoy this book are doing just that...observing the traditions in the home. The colors are bright and get attention and the story is simple for the little ones. I liked it.
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We read at least 5 books every night to our toddler. To keep my husband and I from going stir crazy (we love Brown bear, but even if you change every animal's color, it still gets dull), we buy books for the season. I wanted to love this book; but it fell flat and was frankly unimaginative. We would appreciate any suggestions for titles on this topic.
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By Ruth on July 5, 2009
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My class loves to hear about Sammy the spider and they like to see how he is not allowed to do things like the family who is celebrating the holiday but in the end Sammy finds a way to celebrate.Great book. I have the whole series. Just love it.
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One of Several in a Series - the religious school kids love this (as do the teacher and her husband). The who series is worthwhile Get them well before the intended holiday, so you have the right one at the right time. Nice illustrations.
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