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Golem (edition 2007)

by David Wisniewski

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Member:JessicaABaker
Title:Golem
Authors:David Wisniewski
Info:Sandpiper (2007), Paperback, 32 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:traditional tales

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C+ This is hard to rate.... The truth is we didn't really like it much. Although the illustrations were well done the words have an almost textbook-y feel to them. However, I think part of the problem is that my six year old granddaughter is a little young for this book.
  burtmiller | Jun 6, 2015 |
Golem is the story of a legend passed down through Jewish culture for many years. The legend starts in a time when many Jews were being persecuted and in need of help from something greater than themselves. The rabbi of Prague decides to call upon the giant Golem, a creature they made from clay to help protect the Jews.
The author, David Wisniewski, pulls the reader into the story through his descriptive language and fantastic word choice. As the giant stands guard by the city protecting the Jews until the danger fades away the reader begins to wonder if bring about Golem was really a good idea. Will Golem willingly return to the ground that he came from?
Not only Wisniewski's word choice but his artwork is incredible. The paper cut outs used for the illustrations are so vivid and detailed. Their beauty is striking and truly shows the power that Golem holds. The beauty of the pictures mixed with their vivid power and peace holds the reader captive, as if they can't take their eyes off the page.
When the reader finally turns the page they begin to see Golem's reluctance to end his life as he nears the end of his job. The curiosity and worry builds as Golem refuses to return to the ground forcing the rabbi to action. Their confrontation full of power can be seen once again the the amazing visual and linguistic descriptions leaving the reader wanting more. ( )
  ejoy13 | Apr 11, 2015 |
This is a legend about supernatural forces that are supposed to help people that are oppressed. The illustrations were dark, but the purpose becomes clear as the story continues. This would be better for older children as younger ones might become afraid of the story line. ( )
  dorthys | Mar 15, 2015 |
Through magic spells a clay man is brought to life for the purpose of vanquishing those who persecuted the Jews of Prague. The illustrations in this book were so dark and amazing!
  barbarashuler | Mar 11, 2015 |
This fable from the Jewish European tradition is a story about a struggling jewish community in Prague. They call upon a Giant made of living clay to protect them and bring justice to their people.
  b_Campbell | Mar 8, 2015 |
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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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