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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

by Eric A. Kimmel

Other authors: Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator)

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This is a good book for grades K-5 if used as an interactive read aloud to inform students on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and the traditions that go along with this. You can use this book around the time of Hanukkah to discuss different religions around the world and how they celebrate the holidays in a certain way. In this specific case I would discuss Jewish religion and the Hanukkah celebration. I would use vocabulary words such as: Jewish, menorah, Hanukkah, dreidel, etc to elaborate on things mentioned in this book and that need to be covered when looking at this topic ( )
  aeuin01 | Apr 29, 2016 |
Hershel of Ostropol, the trickster, goes to a village and finds out that the old synagogue is infested with goblins that hate Hanukkah. No Hanukkah is celebrated in the village due to the terrorizing of the goblins. Insisting on helping the people in the village, Hershel takes a journey to the old synagogue and spends eight nights there, defeating and outwitting the goblins with his ingenious ruse.

This book is great for reading to young students about Hanukkah and its tradition. Hanukkah is about celebrating freedom, but importantly in this book about keeping the light of hope, goodness, and truth burning despite the darkness and terrors of life. In addition, with the Hanukkah story of the ancient Jewish military and spiritual victory over Greek and Syrian oppressors, Kimmel's version of that story in this book gives it that spirit of the original while adding a spine-tingling twist. Altogether, the lively and witty pictures goes well with this book to create an adaptive story of Hanukkah. I enjoy and dive into this book internally and it's great to read to those that are of Jewish background. ( )
  jhcao20 | Mar 29, 2016 |
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 |
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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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