cover image Sammy Spider’s New Friend

Sammy Spider’s New Friend

Sylvia A. Rouss, illus. by Katherine Janus Kahn. Kar-Ben, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7613-6664-5

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.)