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The Golden Dreidle

Sammy Spider's First Purim, by Sylvia A. Rouss

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Hanging from a spider web gives Sammy a terrific view of everything that goes on in the Shapiro household. Right now, Josh and his mother are making all kinds of strange noises and doing all kinds of unusual things. "MOTHER!" Sammy keeps screaming, "WHAT ARE THEY DOING? WHAT ARE THEY MAKING? CAN I SPIN A GROGGER, TOO?" And his long-suffering mom keeps answering in some variety of "Lower your voice, Sammy. Spiders spin webs, not groggers." It's a familiar situation for both pre-schoolers, who love noisy activities and the sound of their own voices, and parents/teachers, who must beg for lower decibels in order to answer the many questions about upcoming holidays. Curious Sammy ends up inside Josh's grogger, buffeted by the racket-producing buttons stapled in with him, a situation quite reminiscent of the classic K'tonton, who similarly ends up in a hamantash in Sadie Rose Weilerstein's old familiar stories. Kahn's bright pictures are first-rate, with a collage look and eye-popping color to go with the ear-popping noise of the story. Sammy's ultimate compliment from his staple-picking mother is, "YOU ARE OUR VERY OWN NOISEMAKER!"  Paperback, 32 pages, isbn 9781580130622

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