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Golem by David Wisniewski
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The illustrations in the book are very dark yet impressive by using the cut paper technique. While this is a picture book, the underlying message of provoking a being using magical powers beyond human control to protect an oppressed people is for an older audience, at least fourth grade. ( )
  Chafkins | Oct 21, 2016 |
Retold from traditional sources and accompanied by David Wisniewski's unique cut-paper illustrations, Golem is a dramatic tale of supernatural forces invoked to save an oppressed people. It also offers a thought-provoking look at the consequences of unleashing power beyond human control. The afterword discusses the legend of the golem and its roots in the history of the Jews. A Caldecott Medal Book.
This book would be good for folk tales, talking about historical oppression, imagery especially relating to color (i.e light vs. dark, big vs. small). It is a beautifully written and illustrated book. A craft activity to go with it could be something more artistic like creating a relief collage of their own, or something more scholastic like writing a new ending, or creating an argument as to whether or not the rabbi should have created the Golem in the first place.
  Sara1211 | Sep 5, 2016 |
I would use this book for a fourth or fifth grade class because of the length and the violence. I would use it to teach folk lore, and about the Jewish Traditions. it would be a good book to use to incorporate religious diversity and cultural diversity, especially if I had a Jewish student in my class.
  TaylorWebb | Mar 28, 2016 |
Fell in love with Wisniewski's illustrations in his book "Sundiata" and was happy to found out his "Golem" was awarded a Caldecott medal. Wonderful folktale about the Jewish people of Prague and the mythic creature of the golem, a giant made of clay summoned by a rabbi to defend his people. Cut paper illustrations are dynamic in composition, textures and color, with a lot of emotional content, pointing out author's theatrical background. I felt sorry for the Golem when he had to go back to lifeless clay after fulfilling his mission and savoring life.
  Jlporrata75 | Mar 12, 2016 |
This book has some very good pictures in it which made it interesting. I really felt like they made the story come alive as I was reading it. I do not know anything about jewish culture so I thought it was interesting and very informative. ( )
  Kathleen.Foil | Feb 22, 2016 |
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Golem is the Hebrew word for shapeless man. According to Jewish legend, the renowned scholar and teacher Rabbi Loew used his powers to create a Golem from clay in order to protect his people from persecution in the ghettos of 16th-century Prague. (This was the time of the Blood Lie, when hostile gentiles claimed that Jews were mixing the blood of Christian children with the flour and water of matzo.) David Wisniewski's cut-paper collage illustrations--which earned him the Caldecott Medal in 1997--are the ideal medium for portraying the stark black-and-white forces of good and evil, pride and prejudice, as well as the gray area that emerges when the tormented clay giant loses control of his anger. Echoing the tension and mood of Frankenstein, Wisniewski sends the tragic giant back to the blood red earth that birthed him. The historical note on the last page offers a broader context for the legend, ultimately comparing the creation of Golem to the emergence of Israel. (Ages 8 and older) --Gail Hudson

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A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague.

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