Sammy Spider's First Taste of Hanukkah

A Cookbook

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

This 15th book in Kar-Ben’s popular Sammy Spider series finds Sammy and his human friend Josh presenting a delightful cookbook of Hanukkah recipes and crafts. With four chapters of Hanukkah recipes for snacks, meals, treats and crafts, this book is a nice addition to the Sammy Spider series and a fun and useful book for families looking to enhance their Hanukkah celebrations. Includes Katherine Kahn’s iconic Sammy art.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Text Type Procedural
BISACS JNF014000, JNF026110, JNF049110
Dewey 641.5'67435
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8.625 x 11
Lexile 750
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Recipes, 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.

Author: Genene Levy Turndorf

Genene Levy Turndorf is a graduate of Stephens College with a degree in early childhood and elementary education, and she has developed a popular cooking class for children. Genene and her family live in Los Angeles, 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 Council

“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.” — Jewish Book Council

Good Reads with Ronna

“Making his 15th appearance, ‘Sammy Spider dangled from his web as Mr. Shapiro told Josh the story of the Maccabees and the miracle of the oil.’ While spiders don’t celebrate the holiday, Sammy could certainly watch as all the cooking began! In this latest installation of the anthropomorphic arachnid, we get a helpful intro, and recipes divided into sections of Simple Snacks, Miracle Meals (LOVE the Maccabee and Cheese), Tasty Treats (check out Melt-in-Your-Mouth Menorahs), Crafty Ideas (salt dough Hanukkah decorations are a personal fave) plus a section on Lighting the Menorah and Hanukkah Blessings. This is a terrific hands-on book for families this holiday season and definitely one to hang onto for years to come.” — Good Reads with Ronna

Publishers Weekly

“Sammy is now in his second decade as an unlikely but winsome Jewish educator, and since the series kicked off in 1993 with a Hanukkah title, a holiday-themed cookbook is long overdue. Turndorf, who teaches cooking to children, has developed 17 easy recipes that kids can whip up with adult supervision, including snacks (‘Maccabee Munch’), main courses (‘Count to Eight Shishkebab’), and sweets (‘Melt in Your Mouth Menorahs’); Sammy helpfully adds a spider web emblazoned with M, D, or P (for meat, dairy, and pareve) to each recipe for families who keep kosher. Kahn’s bright, impressionistic watercolor collages feel as fresh and expressive as ever – in fact, they’re particularly well suited to the pursuit of cooking and collective noshing.” — Publisher’s Weekly