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Golem by David Wisniewski

Golem (edition 2007)

by David Wisniewski

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Authors:David Wisniewski
Info:Sandpiper (2007), Paperback, 32 pages
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This is an amazing Jewish story with great detail and illustration. ( )
  leeneja | Nov 10, 2015 |
Golem is the story of a Jewish Rabbi who makes a man out of clay to protect the Jews of Prague. ( )
  CathrynAnna | Nov 9, 2015 |
A terrifying tale yet rich in folklore and beautiful illustrations that make the reader think a little deeper. Historically based.
  kali.joy | Sep 16, 2015 |
An old legend about a reverend Jew, who creates a giant from clay called Golem. The giant's sole purpose is to protect the jews from any harm. When the jews are finally free from persecution, he is laid back to where he came from.However legend say that he will rise back when needed.
  yatsogu | Aug 14, 2015 |
Spooky telling of Jewish lore from Prague, detailing the subjugation and fear of Jewish people created by a lie their enemies are spreading. Story tells of the creation/ necromancing of the Earth's clay to conjure a guardian for the Jewish people, whom they call Golem. Golem is a sensitive creature but has no souls according to the creator. Golem is eventually killed/returned to the Earth as clay despite his joy and passion for beauty of the natural world and life. A sort of Frankenstein story.
  emifoltz | Aug 13, 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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