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Golem by David Wisniewski
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A sad story to read. It was sad to read about how Rabbi Loew constructed Golem to protect the Jewish people, but told him he could only remain alive until the Jewish people were no longer in danger. Once the Jewish people are safe, Golem begs and begs to remain alive because life is so beautiful. This story ends with Golem being destroyed and he returns back to clay in the end even after asking to be left to live. Super neat illustrations in the story, it almost looks like it was made from torn paper, I've never seen illustrations quite like this- quite unique. I liked the story but it was kind of sad, I'm not sure I would read it to students but could be appropriate to introduce Judaism. ( )
1 vote jessotto | Mar 12, 2014 |
Caldecott winner, 1997
Rabbi Loew shapes man of clay (golem) to protect the Jews against
  bp0128bd | Jan 24, 2014 |
Caldecott Winner 1997.

This is the story of Rabbi Loew who builds the first Golem in 1580 to protect the Jews from prescution. Excellent story and very well told but a little too many religous references. ( )
  Emelymac | Jan 15, 2014 |
An amazing retelling of the Golem myth. He is a giant of clay brought to life to protect the Jews. The illustrations made from cut paper are amazing in the truest sense of the word. The closer one looks the more astounding they become. The illustrations serve the story well and convey the dark drama and tense action quite well. This book might be a little scary for younger readers/audiences. It is surprisingly sad to see Golem's desire to stay"living" when Rabbi Loew must return him to the earth. I got a little melancholy over this.
  Shermens | Nov 11, 2013 |
I had never heard of the tale of Golem. Quite interesting and at times inspiring.
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  kt.1908 | Oct 19, 2013 |
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:49:42 -0400)

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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