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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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Hershel of Ostropol entered a village on the first night of Hanukkah expecting a celebration, but what he got was a surprise. The village he entered was never allowed to celebrate because they were terrorized by goblins. Hershel offered to rid them of their goblin problem and they agreed! Hershel had to stay in the haunted synagogue eight nights and on the last night the Goblin King had to light the candles to free them of their spell. Every night Hershel was faced with a new goblin or goblins that he had to trick into leaving him alone with the lit candle. Each night Hershel was able to succeed. On the seventh night, the powerful Goblin King sent Hershel a message and warned him of his presence the following night. Although he was scared, Hershel knew what he had to do to rid the village of these monsters. When the Goblin King arrived the next night, Hershel was prepared to win and he did just that! The villagers were freed of their goblin problem! I thought that this book was good. I thought that the pictures really pulled it all together. I feel that I have somewhat of an imagination but if the goblins would not have been drawn I would not have really gotten to get the full idea. I also like how the pages where the goblins were present on were darker. This to me seemed like it was to make them seem "scarier" in a sense. ( )
  mlanford3 | Jan 27, 2016 |
The only Hanukkah book I remember from my own childhood, I read this to baby on her first night of Hanukkah. ( )
  JennyArch | Dec 11, 2015 |
This is a wonderful story. We enjoyed it so much we had to buy it. :) ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Must have Hanukah book. O loved it so we now own a copy. :) ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
“Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” by Eric Kimmel is a hilarious and creative children’s book that offers real information about Judaism and Hanukkah. Hershel stays the eight nights of Hanukkah in a old synagogue to ward away the Goblins living there that hate Hanukkah and try to stop it. What is most interesting about this book are the terminology and practices that stem from Judaism that are in the text. For example, Hershel plays with a dreidel and correctly explains the names of each side of the dreidel. Even the illustrations are culturally accurate. Hershel wears a tallis and the men and women all have covered heads. This book is a fun insight into Judaism in the early 1900’s that should be in every classroom. ( )
  bboyd7 | Sep 25, 2015 |
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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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