Sam­my Spi­der’s First Book of Jew­ish Holidays

Sylvia A. Rouss; Kather­ine Janus Kahn, illus.
  • Review
By – August 12, 2013

Kar-Ben, Sylvia Rouss, and Kather­ine Janus Kahn, the long-time suc­cess­ful and marvel­ous Sam­my Spi­der team, have now brought Sam­my and the Shapiros to the tod­dler crowd in a new stur­dy board book. Bright, col­or­ful illus­tra­tions, Sam­my-style, attract lit­tle eyes and hands and prompt par­ents to intro­duce and empha­size the spe­cial fea­tures of each hol­i­day around the Jew­ish cal­en­dar year. One icon­ic line and illus­tra­tion for each hol­i­day on each page serves the pur­pose well. When the tod­dlers grad­u­ate to the already clas­sic real” Sam­my sto­ries, the friend­ly, inquis­i­tive lit­tle spi­der will already feel like an old friend.

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 1 – 4.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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