Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Review: Sammy Spider's First Mitzvah 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 Mitzvah, Sammy the Spider is hanging around again watching Josh suffer from a cold. Sammy wonders if he can get sick like Josh and his mom explains to him how spiders are different from humans. Spiders cannot catch a cold, but she tells Sammy some things that they do different instead. Sammy also wonders why his friend is visiting him with some chicken soup, and his mom explains his friend is doing a mitzvah, which inspires Sammy to do a mitzvah for Josh as well, something that spiders do best. 

Sammy the Spider is filled with curiosity about what is going on once again in the house that he is occupying. He is a great example of a friendly spider, which I hope will cause children that are afraid of spiders to be less afraid of them. I like how the book teaches a Hebrew phrase in this book related to the wish of better health and how it focuses on bikkur cholim (a mitzvah of visiting people that are sick).

Recommended for ages: 2-8, grade: PK-3

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

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. 

Sammy Spider's First Mitzvah is available August, 2014

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