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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (edition 1992)

by Eric Kimmel, Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator)

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Title:Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Authors:Eric Kimmel (Author)
Other authors:Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator)
Info:Oxford University Press (1992), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library, Children's Lit & Picture Books
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, children, primary school, goblins, jewish folklore, hanukkah, fantasy

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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel

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I love this story! The author and illustrator took a familiar trickster from Jewish lore and created a clever, humorous, and engrossing story that is a pleasure to read. The story begins on a cold and snowy evening, as Hershel of Ostropol is looking for a warm rest in the nearest village. When he arrives, however, he is dismayed to find every house dark, even though it is the first day of Hanukkah. When he queries the villagers about their dismal appearance, they reveal that they can't celebrate Hanukkah. Apparently, a roost of goblins is terrorizing their town: they blow out the candles, break their dreidels, and throw their latkes on the floor. The only way to stop the goblins is to stay in the old synagogue on the hill overlooking the town and light the menorah each night. Hershel proclaims that he is not afraid of goblins, and sets out to rid the village of their pests.

Each night, as Hershel is about to light the menorah, a goblin pays him a visit. They try to frighten him and threaten to harm him, but Hershel consistently outwits the monsters, and sets that night's candle aflame. He tricks one goblin by showing that he can crush rocks with his bare hands (using boiled eggs), and outwits another one by playing a game of dreidel (with rules made up to always be in Hershel's favor). Each night the goblins are larger, but Hershel always finds just the right ploy to keep himself safe and light another menorah candle. Finally, on the last night of Hanukkah, the king of the goblins comes to call. He is by far the scariest of the lot, but Hershel uses the perfect trick to get under the skin of the goblin king - he pretends to be thoroughly unimpressed. Eventually, the king of goblins lights a candle so that Hershel can see him and be properly awed, unaware that he himself is lighting the last candle on the menorah. The spell is broken, the goblins are whisked away in a supernatural whirlwind of destruction, and all that remains on the hill is Hershel and his table with a lit menorah.

While I have bought several picture books on Hanukkah for more educational reasons, and in my ongoing mission to provide multicultural resources for my daughters, this book I bought simply for the amazing story. I love trickster stories and folktales, and particularly enjoy those that deal with clever protagonists outwitting monsters bigger and scarier than them. The writing is crisp and descriptive, and the tricks Hershel uses are believable satisfying. The illustrations are lovely, with detailed drawings of the people and appropriately grotesque goblins. In my opinion, the book deserves the Caldecott award, not just the honor, because the illustrations interact with the text to create an excellent picture book. ( )
  nmhale | Jan 19, 2015 |
This is my favorite Chanukah stories. My Dad is Jewish so my brother and I grew up hearing this story. I love the pictures and I love the trickery by Hershel. It won an award, and even though it was published years ago I had to read it again for this class just to remember how much I loved it. What's great about this book is you don't have to be Jewish, or know anything about Chanukah to enjoy this book. The holiday is nearly a backdrop for this tale. ( )
  Brettch | Dec 8, 2013 |
Hershel of Ostropol outwits goblins who have prevented a village from celebrating Hanukkah. SPOILER: One goblin thinks Hershel is strong enough to crush rocks when Hershel squeezes an egg in his hands. One goblin's hand gets stuck in a pickle jar because he won't let go of the pickle he has grabbed in the jar; rather like the story of the monkey who does something similar. One goblin can't help but lose when he plays dreidel according to Hershel's rules. The summary of the holiday at the end is brief and reasonable. While the story may not seem at first blush to have anything to do with the meaning of Hanukkah, as other reviewers have pointed out, Hershel defeats a powerful foe so that Jews are able to practice their religion.
  raizel | Jul 24, 2013 |
When Hershel of Ostropol comes upon a village that is unable to celebrate Hanukkah, because their synagogue has been taken over by goblins, he decides that he must help the people and rid them of their curse. Armed only with his cunning and courage, Hershel sets out to spend the eight nights of Hanukkah in the synagogue. Each night he lights the candles, cleverly defeating the goblins who attempt to stop him. But will he triumph over the truly fearsome King of the Goblins, who arrives on the final night?

Eric Kimmel has created an exciting story with Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, which has always been one of my favorite stories about the Jewish Festival of Lights. Sometimes creepy, sometimes humorous, it juxtaposes human courage with demonic evil, and although it does not discuss the original Hanukkah story, it is the story of a miracle, albeit a human one. Accompanied by Trina Schart Hyman's distinctive illustrations, which won her a Caldecott Honor, and which accentuate both the comedy and terror of the tale, this is a book which will please readers young and old.

I understand that Hershele Ostropoler was a historical figure - a trickster who lived in 18th century Ukraine, and who has become something of a folk hero. Those wishing to read more of his adventures should look for Kimmel's The Adventures of Hershel of Ostropol. ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Jul 11, 2013 |
This is a beautifully illustrated book. I love how its a tale of a brave man standing up for himself and the village people. This book brings tha reader to admire the acts of Hershel throghout the Hanukkah Traditions.
  CourtneyZeggert | Jun 10, 2013 |
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It was the first night of Hanukkah.
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What are the poor villagers to do? The holiday-hating, hill-dwelling hobgoblins are bound and determined to ruin yet another Hanukkah for them. Every year the beasties snuff out the menorah candles, destroy the dreidels, and pitch the potato latkes on the floor. But these wicked wet blankets never counted on someone as clever as Hershel of Ostropol showing up. Using his wits and a few props--pickles, eggs, and a dreidel (a square-shaped top with Hebrew letters on each side)--Hershel manages to outwit all the creepy critters and break the spell. This fabulously creative adaptation of the ancient Hanukkah story in which the Syrians forbade the Jews to worship as they wanted, keeps the spirit of the original while adding a spine-tingling twist. Warmth and humor prevail, even in the midst of hopeless-looking circumstances. Award-winning illustrator Trina Schart Hyman creates lively and witty pictures that pair perfectly with Eric Kimmel's words to create this Caldecott Honor Book. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Relates how Hershel outwits the goblins that haunt the old synagogue and prevent the village people from celebrating Hanukkah.

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