Sammy Spider's New Friend

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Publishers Weekly
In this addition to the Sammy Spider series, bright colors and an easy-to-follow plot work together to teach children the importance of the Jewish custom of hospitality. When a new family moves to town, Josh Shapiro and his parents immediately set to work preparing homemade food for the newcomers. Sammy Spider, who watches from above, learns all about the concept of making the neighbors feel welcomed and yearns to be a part of this mitzvah. Despite his mother’s refrain that “Spiders don’t bake cakes. Spiders spin webs,” Sammy takes an active role in making Moti, the boy who has just moved from Israel, smile. Collage illustrations by award- winning illustrator Kahn are colorful and strikingly simple. A glossary with a few Hebrew words and a hummus recipe round out a pleasant, simple story for young learners. Ages 2–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This book is delightful, and as fresh as can be. So often, when an author is on her third (or fifteenth) book about the same characters the characters become stale. But Sammy is always fun. Josh (and Sammy) notice a moving van down the street, and soon the movers start unloading furniture, books, and clothes—the Shapiro's have new neighbors! Sammy and his mother are near an open window, and the wind picks Sammy up and carries them to the new neighbors' yard. A little boy about Josh's age is sitting outside—and he actually notices Sammy! "Shalom, Akevish," he says, and the new adventure begins. Josh and his parents arrive with the traditional (for many Americans) bread and salt, as well as pita (bread) and hummus (salty taste, anyway) and the two families begin a new friendship. By the time the Shapiro's return home we have learned a few important Hebrew words. Recommended. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
Kirkus Reviews
Sammy Spider is perfectly safe. Maybe you're a parent. Your child is asleep in the next room, and you're watching the news. War has broken out in the Middle East. Senators are screaming about the budget. There's a pile of picture books nearby. You want to give your child a story with no conflict at all. You open up this latest in the Sammy Spider series. A boy is crying. He has no friends at his new house. But two pages later, the boy next door brings him cake. They play baseball. They take turns on the swing. Sammy spins a web to keep them entertained. You think: No one could object to this book. It even teaches vocabulary, like the Hebrew word akavish, which means spider, and the English word "hospitality." And you think: Did I really make friends that quickly when I was a child? Maybe you did. But you start thinking about the books you loved back then. Max had to tame monsters. The Cat in the Hat nearly destroyed a house. And suddenly, the boys on their swing seem a little dull. You look for a book about pirates, in case your child wakes up in the middle of the night. This is a book without conflict, and that's the last thing a child needs. (Picture book. 2-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761366645
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 988,968
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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