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. 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.
PreS-Gr 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 colored 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 centered on a concept, such as counting, colors, 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 2008 Reed Business Information.