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Sammy Spider's First Purim Paperback – January 1, 2000

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About the Author

Sylvia Rouss is an award-winning author and early childhood educator who created the popular Sammy Spider books and the Littlest series. She has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel.

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Pub (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580130623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580130622
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joshua Koppel on March 4, 2006
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I don't know how the un-Jewish concept of a spider family became the mechanism for a series of books about Jewish holidays but my kids and their friends love them.

In these books Sammy observes the human family and asks his mother what they are doing. The mother always seems to have the answer even if it doesn't concern spiders (they just spin webs). This time Sammy is watching the family getting ready for a Purim celebration. Sammy is full of questions and tends to ask them very loudly. At one point Sammy even needs to be rescued by his mother.

This is a book of noises but they are not your typical children's book noises. There is more about this holiday in the book than in the Tu B'Shevat volume but only the superficial symbols. There is a short version of the story of Purim included at the end of the book but it is very basic and simple. Still, my children (six and under) did find the book entertaining.
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This is my children's all time favorite book in the Sammy the Spider series. The story can be read again and again and your children will want more. A love the colors used in the illustrations. Would highly recommend the Sammy's Spider's First Purim.
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Purim is to Jews as Halloween is to American kids as both require costurmes. BUT, Purim celebrates the saving of the Jews from desctruction by Queen Ester who pleads for her people before the king whose henchman, Haman, wants to destroy the Jews.
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Sammy Spider wants to go to Synagogue when he sees Josh creating his costume. Of course, Sammy's mother doesn't think he should go because he is a spider and spiders spin webs. When Sammy sees Mrs. Shapiro making hamantaschen, he wants to make some too. But of course, he is reminded by his mother that spiders spin webs. Sammy watches as Josh makes his grogger. When it is time for josh to leave for the celebration, Sammy finds himself trapped inside the grogger. How will he ever get out?

Children will enjoy another lesson learned adventure with Sammy the spider. Colorful swatches, geometric shapes and simple sentences makes this story an easy read and fun to look at. Children will also learn basic part of the Purim celebration.
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My two-year-old daughter LOVES this book! She really enjoys joining in for the repetitive lines, "Mother!" and "Spiders spin webs!" The book also does a good job teaching about the preparation for the holiday, e.g., baking hamantaschen, making a costume. The human boy in the story makes a grogger out of a paper plate and buttons and my daughter and I followed the suggestion and made the same ones ourselves and they were a big hit during megillah reading. I've just ordered some of the other Sammy Spider books and I'm hoping they'll be as good as this one. I highly recommend it.
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We read our 28 month old son at least 3 books before bed every night (sometimes 5) ... to keep my husband and I from getting bored, I buy new books every month based on the season. I thought the Sammy series would be a fun addition. It wasn't; frankly, it was really dull. Maybe we expected to much. But this is supposed to be a book about Purim! I am not of the Jewish faith, but shouldn't a holiday about costumes, and smart women lead to a "fun" book.
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By granny on November 20, 2013
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This provides a good explanation of the holiday. The graphics are wonderful: colorful, bright, large! Children love the story and adventures of Sammy Spider.
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