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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
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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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 |
This is a neat Jewish folktale with neat illustrations. Hershal shows faith, courage, and cleverness in outwitting the goblins in this story. The goblin illustrations are fun, and make it an especially cute story to read between Halloween and Hanukkah. :) ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
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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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