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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 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 |
In my opinion, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is a fantastic book because of the symbolism and the repetition. The goblins oppressing the city into not celebrating Hanukkah symbolize the Syrians who, in the second century B.C., did not allow the Jews to worship how they wanted. At the beginning of the story, a villager tells the main character Hershel of Ostropol that the “wicked goblins make our lives miserable all year long, but on Hanukkah it’s really bad.” This is similar to the Syrian invasion as well as other times in history when other people groups oppressed the Jews; parallel to this, the goblins are not allowing the Jews to celebrate Hanukkah, a form of worshipping God. The repetition is also very significant in that there are 8 Hanukkah candles and eight visits by goblins; each time Hershel of Ostropol defeat them with his wit. This allows children to understand the story, as repetition helps the reader to follow along. It also emphasizes the Jewish tradition of having eight candles in a menorah and lighting one per night. The main message of this story is that the Jewish people (and people in general) will experience oppression, but with courage and wisdom, a person (or group of people) can overcome it. ( )
  dknox5 | Sep 9, 2015 |
This is a children's book that is well written and informative with wonderful illustrations. It was recommended by a young Jewish friend who said it was his favorite holiday book when he was a child. I can see why he liked it. I read it to my grand-daughters and they enjoyed it and loved the illustrations. They also learned something about the celebration of Hanukkah (as did I!). ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 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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