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Golem by David Wisniewski
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In 16th Century Prague the Jews needed protecting. Rabbi Loew used the mystical powers of Cabbalah to create Golem, a giant made from clay and brought to life. This book brings to life, through amazing cut-out illustrations, the legend of Golem.
  gfurth | Jun 12, 2014 |
A saintly Rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant, who helps him watch over the Jews of 16th-century Prague. ( )
  Stsmurphy | Jun 5, 2014 |
I didn't like reading this book at all. It was difficult to follow because of the language. There were a lot of religious words and names such as Rabbi Loew. It made it hard to follow what was going on. The mystical/fantasy theme was also difficult matched with this language. It went from receiving a message to God to creating a giant. It was difficult for me to enjoy it. The message of this book is how to use power. ( )
  mingra2 | May 6, 2014 |
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 |
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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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