Sammy Spider's First Wedding
Uh oh! Curious Sammy Spider slips from his web and accidentally accompanies the Shapiro family to a wedding. Sammy watches the Jewish ceremony as the bride and groom stand under the beautiful chuppah, hears the seven wedding blessings, and—phew!—narrowly escapes as the groom’s foot breaks the wedding glass. What an adventure!
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Kar-Ben Publishing ®|
|Number of Pages||32|
“The very busy spider who has celebrated many Jewish holidays now adds a festive ceremony to his catalog of experiences. The little eight-legged one watches as Mr. Shapiro and his family build a chuppah, or Jewish wedding canopy, under which the bride and groom exchange their vows. Sammy gets closer and closer to it, thinking that it is quite ‘beautiful.’ The Shapiros leave for the wedding carrying the chuppah, flowers, a small wrapped package, and Sammy. In a mix of religious traditions and modern touches, two men and two women hold the four pillars of the canopy while a rabbi wearing a tallit (prayer shawl) performs the ceremony. The bride walks around the groom seven times, they sip from a wine cup, and Sammy, ever curious, notices the package which contains a wineglass and happily crawls inside. ‘Weddings are fun!’ he thinks, but this is not a good idea at a Jewish wedding ceremony, which concludes with the groom stomping on the wineglass—wrapped in a napkin for safety. Can Sammy save himself? Yes he can, in time to watch the guests, men and women together, ‘dancing the Hora.’ Young readers not yet familiar with Jewish wedding customs will learn about a happy ritual, although there is no mention of the ketubah, or wedding contract. Kahn’s collage illustrations fill the pages with pretty pastel colors against a white background and depict the humans with uniformly pink skin. Sammy’s adventure offers a good overview of a joyous occasion.” —Kirkus Reviews
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.