Sammy Spider's First Day of School

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Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Sammy Spider is off on another adventure. He crawls onto Josh's lunchbox to go to school with Josh. At school, Sammy crawls out and joins the children as they listen to Miss Sarah, the teacher, read the book about Noah's Ark. During the group discussion, they talk about kindness to animals. The day at school continues as the children participate in a number of activities that Sammy observes unnoticed by the children. Outside during the break after snack time, one of the children spots Sammy. Some of the children are afraid of the spider and one child says to step on it. However, Josh reminds the students about their discussion on kindness to animals; he lets Sammy crawl on his hand. The children are less scared and they take turns holding Sammy until it is time to let the spider go back to its environment. Sammy crawls back into the safety of Josh's backpack so that he can go home. Colorful, cut-out paper illustrations work together supporting the story. Readers who enjoyed this story of Sammy Spider will find several more books about him and his adventures. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822585831
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Sammy Spider Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,472,277
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    really cute story

    It is Josh Shapiro's first day of preschool. Sammy Spider, who lives with his family in the Shapiro's house, wants to go with Josh. Mrs. Spider says that Sammy is silly because spiders don't go to school. However, Sammy sneaks into Josh's backpack. Sammy gets to listen to a story about Noah's ark, hear the children tell about their pets, and watch them as they learn about kindness to animals. He does not go outside with the children to the bird feeder because, well we know that some birds like to eat spiders! When they return, he crawls near Josh, but some of the children who are afraid of spiders see him and want to step on him. What will happen to Sammy? Will anyone save him?
    This is the eleventh book in the Sammy Spider series that includes Sammy Spider's First Passover and Sammy Spider's First Shabbat. Sammy Spider's First Trip to Israel was named a Sydney Taylor Honor book by the Association of Jewish Libraries.
    In Sammy Spider's First Day of School, author Sylvia Rouss tells a really cute story, augmented by Katherine Kahn's colorful, stylized illustrations, that will appeal to all children, especially those who might be getting ready for their first day of school. Parents, both Jewish and otherwise, will appreciate the lesson on kindness to animals. We need to remember that even spiders have their place in God's order because they keep down other vermin which could be dangerous to humans. It was a pleasure to read and review.

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