Sammy Spider and his human friend Josh return in a Hanukkah kid-oriented cookbook.
Unlike Sammy Spider’s First Hanukkah (1993), which focused solely on the lighting of the candles and doubled as a counting and color concept book, this publication provides a one-page introduction summarizing the story of the Maccabees and the miracle of the lasting oil. In the familiar style of the series, Sammy dangles from his web as he listens and asks if he can also celebrate. “Silly little Sammy,” his mother laughs. “Spiders don’t celebrate Hanukkah. Spiders spin webs! But you may watch the Hanukkah festivities while you spin.” So he observes as Josh’s parents list the eight rules for cooking safely. The subsequent recipes include more than just applesauce and latkes and will mostly need adult supervision. They are organized in three sections, with a few recipes for simple snacks (dipping fruit pieces in cinnamon-sugared sour cream), miracle meals (pita pockets filled with cooked ground beef and chopped veggies), and tasty treats (Hanukkah web cake). A fourth section includes crafty ideas for creating a homemade menorah, gift wrap, and even a Sammy Spider spinning puppet. A small web symbol with either an M for meat, D for dairy, or P for pareve is helpfully included in the upper corner of each recipe, all of which are kosher.
A nice addition to the holiday collection. (Cookbook. 5-10)