Thursday, August 15, 2013

Book Review: Sammy Spider's First Book of Jewish Holidays by Sylvia A. Rouss, Illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

In Sammy Spider’s First Book of Jewish Holidays Sammy the Spider hangs around while some Jewish holidays are being described through words and color drawings. This children’s book covers the main Jewish holidays such as Yom Kippur and Sukkot plus some of the less spoken about holidays, such as Tu B’Shevat and Simchat Torah. The drawings describe what is eaten or done on those holidays to teach children the basic reasons for the holidays.  For instance, for Tu B’Shevat it talks about how a tree is planted and shows in the drawing a younger and an older man planting one. 

I can picture this children’s book sitting on school library shelves and on shelves at people’s homes all year round. It gives children a crash course about the Jewish holidays in about five minutes or less, depending on how long the readers and listeners decide to talk about and look at each page. Sammy the Spider is included on about every other page, so I believe that is a way to remind children that this is a book about Sammy the Spider who is there as the children learn about the Jewish holidays with Sammy.  

Created for ages: 1-4, grade: PK

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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