Sammy Spider's First Trip to Israel

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Join Sammy Spider on his stow-away adventure as he tours Israel and learns the many meanings of “shalom.”

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2002
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2002-08-01
Text Type Fiction
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8.5 x 11
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author: Sylvia A. Rouss

Sylvia A. Rouss is an award-winning author and early childhood educator, and the creator of the popular Sammy Spider series, celebrating its 25th anniversary with over half a million Sammy Spider books sold. She lives in California.

Illustrator: Katherine Janus Kahn

Katherine Janus Kahn studied Fine Arts at the Bezalel School in Jerusalem and at the University of Iowa. She has illustrated many children's books including Kar-Ben's popular Sammy Spider series. She lives in Wheaton, Maryland.


  • Joan G. Sugarman Children's Book Award Honorable Mention, Commended, 2002
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor, Runner-up, 2002


San Diego Jewish Times

“…From the beaches of Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea to Jerusalem and the Negev Desert, Sammy Spider’s First Trip to Israel is simply the best book for very young children on Israel that I’ve seen.”

Jewish Book World

“As seen through Sammy’s big, round eyes, Israel is a diverse, colorful, and meaningful place for Jews – just what one hopes preschoolers will grasp.”
Jewish Book World

The Jerusalem Report

“. . .the message that Israel is not on the list of forbidden destinations is a positive one in my book, and it’s especially encouraging to know that this is Sammy’s ‘first’ foray in the Middle East.”
The Jerusalem Report

Washington Jewish Week

“Do join Sammy Spider on his stowaway adventure as he tours Israel and learns the many meanings of ‘Shalom’.”

Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

“. . .a breath of fresh air. These days, when all talk of Israel and the Middle East is muddled and dark, this book is a light and sweet view of Israel through the eyes of a tourist.”
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle