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Sammy Spider's First Shavuot


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PreSchool-Grade 1—In this addition to the series, Sammy the spider learns about Shavuot, which "celebrates the time when God gave the Torah to Moses." He watches as the Shapiro family makes blintzes and reads parts of a small Torah scroll. The brightly coloured paper-collage illustrations have child appeal, but may not be enough to overcome the nonexistent story line. As in the previous books, the text is centred on a concept, such as counting, colours, or shapes. This time, the words "first," "then," and "now" are repeated as Sammy chats with his mother and learns the concept of sequencing while they observe the holiday preparations. Jewish educators often bemoan the dearth of picture books about this particular celebration, but only those wishing to complete their set of the Sammy Spider tales will want to add this one to their collection. Barbara Diamond Goldin's A Mountain of Blintzes (Harcourt, 2001) is a better choice for Shavuot sharing.—Lisa Silverman, Sinai Temple Library, Los Angeles
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.

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