Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIn this seasonal follow-up to Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah, the eager arachnid's mother teaches him to make a web when theirs is laid waste by a ``monster''a broom being used to ready the Shapiros' home for Passover. Though Sammy becomes fascinated by his mother's explanations of the holiday traditions, he is repeatedly told, ``Spiders don't celebrate Passover. Spiders spin webs.'' Following instructions, Sammy completes a new weband participates in the Shapiro family observance after all. Using cut-paper artwork made festive with cheery patterns, Kahn depicts a contemporary human family (complete with kitty), and a mother-son spider duo reminiscent of Eric Carle's creations. Though Rouss's text is lively and informative, her attempts to blend Passover basics with a rudimentary lesson on shapes (the first page terms this ``a book of shapes'') become somewhat jumbled and ultimately water down both aspects of the story. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Judy SilvermanSammy Spider is with us again with a book of shapes. Sammy learned so much about Hanukkah in November that we can only be thankful that Rouss has brought him and his mother back to learn about Passover. Kahn has illustrated the story with cut-paper shapes that bring Sammy and the Shapiros to life. Spring cleaning can be dangerous for spiders, but although the Shapiro house is perfectly clean, the Spider family is still around. Sammy really wants to help find the afikomen, but "Spiders don't celebrate Passover. Spiders spin webs." And Sammy's first web is a celebration all its own.
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