The team behind the Sammy Spider books is back, having created a Hanukkah cookbook. Like most cookbooks, it is divided into sections based on different types of food: Simple Snacks, Miracle Meals, Tasty Treats and a section titled Crafty Ideas. The recipes are simple, as are most of the ingredients, and the book is meant for adults and children to read and enjoy making the recipes together. Children need a lot of supervision in the kitchen and the directions make it clear to children that they will need adult help.
Katherine Janus Kahn’s illustrations are as bright and vibrant as ever.
The food is Hanukkah-themed and the team worked hard to fit all the recipe titles into the theme, as well.
Additional material in the back of the book teaches about Hanukkah and lighting the menorah. There is also an introductory section for adults to read to children which sets up the Sammy theme and introduces the recipes. This book would be a great resource for parents who have children home on “winter break” and has educational components, as well; it would be especially useful for number and counting activities. Families and classes will enjoy “digging into” this book.
Recommended for ages 4 — 8 with adult supervision.