Sammy Spider's First Book of Jewish Holidays

From the Series Very First Board Books

  • Interest Level: Preschool
  • Reading Level: Preschool

Curious about the Jewish holidays? Very young readers learn about holiday customs with everyone’s favorite inquisitive spider!

Covering Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Passover, Yom Ha’Atzma’ut, and Shavuot, this colorful board book highlights a key feature of each holiday.

On Yom Kippur we say we’re sorry.

On Hanukkah we light the candles.

We eat special foods at the Passover seder.

In celebration of Sammy Spider’s 20th anniversary, Kar-Ben introduces the first Sammy Spider board book, a book of Jewish holidays for very young children with one simple holiday fact per page, illustrated with iconic Sammy Spider art.

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Preschool
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 12
Publication Date 2013-08-01
Text Type Informational Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV017090, JUV002140
Dewey 296.4'3
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 6.5
Features 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.


Jewish Book World

“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.” — Jewish Book World

American Jewish World

“Kar-Ben Publishing, a division of Lerner Publishing Group headquartered in Minneapolis, continues to release a variety of delightful holiday books for young readers. Among the offerings this year are a well-intentioned puppy, an apologetic Sesame Street character and two books from the Sammy Spider series.

Mitzi’s Mitzvah
Mitzi is a very happy dog who loves to see her friends at Shalom Home. In this story, she visits during Rosh Hashana and helps the elderly residents celebrate the Jewish New Year.

And she brings her ‘doggie New Year wishes,’ which include ‘wagging, snuggling, giving kisses’ and even licking some empty dishes.

The illustrations by Holli Conger are wonderfully unique and capture the spirit of this good-natured and loving dog that author Gloria Koster, a school librarian and children’s book reviewer, has created.

I’m Sorry, Grover
I’m Sorry, Grover
is the final volume in the Shalom Sesame series, which is a partnership between Kar-Ben and the Sesame Workshop (9-28-12AJW). In this adventure, Grover and Cookie Monster are in Israel to celebrate Rosh Hashana with their friends.

Among Grover’s Israeli friends is a monster named Brosh who has lost his favorite wooly cap – and suspects someone may have taken it. In his search to find it, Brosh learns a valuable lesson about how to say ’I’m sorry’ and be a better friend in the new year.

This book continues the tradition of well-told stories and familiar Sesame Street characters who learn new things and meet new friends in the Jewish state. And in addition to some information about the authors at the end, the book also includes some basics about Rosh Hashana.

Sammy Spider’s First Book of Jewish Holidays
This first Sammy Spider book, released in honor of the character’s 20th anniversary, is designed for the newest members of the tribe. With simple text and colorful illustrations, the popular Sammy Spider learns the basics of what is celebrated each holiday.

Rouss chooses the major holidays, from Rosh Hashana to Shavuot, and each page includes an accompanying image. It’s a great way to identify each holiday with one simple fact.

Sammy Spider’s First Yom Kippur
Even though spider’s don’t go to synagogue and don’t blow shofars, Sammy Spider is very curious about the shofar Josh Shapiro has made at school. Sammy’s curiosity leads his mother to tell him all about Yom Kippur, the holiday on which people tell each other they are sorry for hurtful things they have said or done.

Sammy Spider learns even more about the holiday as he observes Josh do something naughty. Both Josh and Sammy learn a valuable lesson about apologies and forgiveness.

This book has a lovely story to illustrate the holiday of Yom Kippur, complemented by Katherine Janus Kahn’s one-of-a-kind artwork. And it includes some additional information about the holidays at the end.” — American Jewish World

Jewish Journal

“Young children will love this introductory board book for the Jewish holidays filled with entertaining illustrations of Sammy the Spider, and one simple holiday fact per page.

It is filled with just enough information to satisfy little ones’ curiosity, yet sturdy enough for them to turn the pages themselves. The bold illustrations will pique their curiosity. It was published in celebration of Sammy the Spider’s 20th anniversay!” — Jewish Journal