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Sammy Spider's First Haggadah [Kindle Edition]

Sylvia A. Rouss , Katherine Janus Kahn
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Sammy leads young children through the steps of the Passover seder, telling the story of the Exodus, asking and answering the Four Questions, and sampling the traditional foods. Includes creative readings and songs, as well as colorful paper collage art by Katherine Janus Kahn.

This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book.

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Describes the origins of Haggadah in the freeing of the Hebrew slaves in ancient Egypt and how that event relates to different parts of today's Passover liturgy.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a pre-school Seder 8 Sept. 2011
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I bought several of these last year for our seder, along with 'uncle eli's haggadah' for my older nephews. The Sammy Spider haggadah was the clear winner for our group. Uncle Eli's was complicated to use and much too old for my three and a half year old. Sammy Spider had all the key elements, enabled the little ones to feel like they were participating, while my sophisticated 14 year old niece was quite happy to lead from it. A couple of things were missing, like the after dinner songs, but you can supplement from other haggadahs in the house at that point. I'd recommend if you have seder participants under five.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great Haggadah for the very young 8 May 2014
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Lovely illustrations, colourful, interesting and mostly correct. A fun Haggadah for the very young and fun for everyone to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars grandma stories 22 April 2013
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a great book that actually arrived a little later than needed but is so loved i would not send it back
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Aug. 2014
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Very good !
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sammy Spider's First Haggadah 6 Aug. 2007
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In this third Passover title added to Sammy Spider's First Passover and Sammy Spider's Passover Fun Book from the popular Sammy Spider series, Rouss tells the story of Passover and explains the holiday in terms that young children can understand. She includes little songs with melodies suggested by Sammy, such as singing "Make Room for Matzah" to the tune of "On Top of Old Smokey" and "Fill the Seder Plate" to the tune of "London Bridge" There is a checklist of what belongs on the seder table, illustrated with the objects named in the list. Then she has Sammy teach the answers to the four questions, in English, and the prayers over the candles, wine, matzah, bitter herbs and charoset, in English and Hebrew, with the transliteration for each. She provides parts for a reader and chorus to tell the story of Moses and Passover at the Seder. The book ends with the search for the Afikomen; an original little song called "Crunch Goes the Matzah" (sung to the tune of "Pop Goes the Weasel,") a blessing for after the meal, a brief explanation of Elijah's Cup with an accompanying song, and a transliterated Dayenu. No music notation is included for any of the songs. Kahn's vividly colored cut-paper illustrations add a lively touch to the informative, young child-appropriate text. The author explains the ten plagues as "ten bad things made by God to change Pharaoh's mind about letting the Jewish people leave." She includes text and illustrations for four of the plagues: frogs, lice, wheat-eating locusts, and darkness, but does not explain the last plague - killing the first-born- in deference to book's young audience. This would be excellent to use at a family Seder with young children, and at model Seders for the youngest classes at school. For ages 3 - 6.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family Fun 10 May 2008
By spiritEd. - Published on
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We used this seder for our family this year, because we wanted to make it fun and meaningful for a "diverse" group-grandparents,parents and children ages-eight, five, 20 months and 2 months (of course the 2 month old was not an "issue" for this decision).The eight year old and five year old conducted most of the service and the adults were the "chorus." It was short enough for them to pay attention and easy to understand. We did need to add a couple of touches to make it a complete seder (like there was only mention of one cup of wine)-but I still highly recommend it for young famillies.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Passover Book! 8 Feb. 2007
By E. N. Weiss - Published on
What a great Haggadah! It includes songs to sing based on familiar tunes and it has a reader and "chorus" part so my kids can read their part and the rest of the table can follow and do their part like a play reading -- it is just so different, yet appropriate.

In fact, all the books in this series are a refreshing take on the jewish holidays -- a complete collection is a must have!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful child's haggadah 12 April 2013
By Susan H. Brody - Published on
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This hagaddah does a wonderful job of synthesizing the story of Passover with the elements of the seder. This year, we were just the 3 of us so we could totally focus the seder towards my daughter, who just turned 6. In the days leading up to the seder, she wanted to go through the haggadah for 2 reasons: it really reads almost like a story book (and hence is fun to read), and it's very interactive (with songs for both the preparatory activities for the seder, and for the actual seder). This haggadah has the gorgeously rich illustrations of all Sammy Spider books. The simple songs that appear throughout are set to the tunes of well-known children's songs(like London Bridge).

Some things that were very nice extras were: after telling the Passover story, it then has 2 pages dedicated to the answers to the 4 questions! (Hagadas normally ask the questions but don't have a specific place for reviewing the answers.) The section for the plagues was child-appropriate, focusing on just 4 of them that didn't involve death or blood(frogs, lice, locusts, darkness)and then, tactfully, reads, "Finally, after the last plague, he told Moses: Moses, Moses, I finally agree. Moses, Moses, your people can go free!"

I was excited that my daughter could herself read a lot of the hagaddah out loud and be a real participant. Next year we will see how well we can incorporate the use of this hagaddah into a traditional, big seder where the grown ups are still using grown-up hagaddahs. Truth be told, I felt that this seder, while not including the commentaries of Rabbi Gamliel and such, had a big advantage for all ages: the salient aspects of the seder remained the focus. I believe that all the "required" elements were there (except washing hands), and they were center stage. To have a child who participated willingly and eagerly meant the world to me. Around the time of Passover, a friend asked my daughter what Passover was, and as she answered the question, I was floored to see that she had indeed grasped and retained the contents of the story. This would never have been so, had we used the adult hagaddahs this year. They say that the seder is supposed to be for kids/kid-friendly, and this hagaddah really makes it so!

I also recommend Richard Codor's Joyous Haggadah. We used some parts of this one, like the songs after the meal (which is the one thing that's pretty much absent from Sammy's hagaddah). In the next few years, we might switch over to this one as my daughter's reading skills increase and I'm more comfortable discussing "death of the first born" with her.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific introduction to Passover 9 May 2011
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This wonderful Haggadah captivated our five and one half year old grand daughter, who wanted to read it again. It was also enjoyed by the parents, one of whom was raised in another faith. I must say we all enjoyed the story as presented in this Edition and it is beautifully illustrated as well. The songs(tunes) add a unique touch.
This Haggadah offers a refreshing modern approach to the Holiday which many of today's families will really enjoy.
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