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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (edition 1994)

by Eric A. Kimmel (Author)

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Title:Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Authors:Eric A. Kimmel (Author)
Info:Holiday House (1994), 30 pages
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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel



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The illustrator creates a gloomy dark landscape using dark wintery colors. While the mood is somber at first, once the goblins are introduces a humorous tone lightens the mood due to the caricature-ish nature of the goblins. It is an interesting story, with author's notes at the end explaining the history behind the story and what the prominent Jewish items are. I think it is a cute story with interesting insight into Jewish folklore/fairy tales. ( )
  EMiMIB | Jun 11, 2019 |
Includes back matter with information on holiday customs, i.e. how to play dreidel.
  uucmp | May 23, 2019 |
"Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" was awarded a Caldecott Honor in 1990. The story follows a Jewish man named Hershel of Ostropol traveling to a town on the first night of Hanukkah, only to discover that none of the homes in the town have their menorahs lit. The villagers tell Hershel that goblins have been haunting the old synagogue in town for years, and that the goblins always prevent them from celebrating Hanukkah. Hershel goes to the town's synagogue, where the goblins live, and stays there for eight nights to defeat the goblins. He defeats the goblins by using his wits; he convinces one goblin that he is incredibly strong by crushing a hard-boiled egg, which looks like a rock in the dim light of the synagogue. Hershel then gets another goblin's hand stuck in a pickle jar, and the goblin thinks that he was cursed so he runs away. The goblin king is outsmarted by Hershel on the last night of Hanukkah, when Hershel convinces the goblin king to light the candles of the menorah, which was the way to break the goblins curse. At the end of the book, the synagogue disappears when the goblin king is defeated, but the lit menorah still remains. Hershel hurries back to the village so he doesn't miss the last night of Hanukkah, and the lit menorahs in every villager's window helps him find the way back. The illustrations of the book are traditional penciled drawings with painted colors and backgrounds. In the beginning of the book, the illustrations manage to convey hard journey Hershel has made to the village, as well as the cold, merciless winter. The first image of the village is dark and depressing, showing the reader how the lack of Hanukkah celebration has dampened the villagers' spirits. The designs of the goblins are also very effective; the first few goblins start out as very goofy, playful looking monsters, which makes sense since Hershel is easily able to outsmart them. The other goblins, however, are large, intimidating, and evil looking, with the goblin king being the scariest of all the goblins. He towers over Hershel, and all pages featuring the goblin king show Hershel looking up at the king in fear or awe. When the synagogue is swept away when the goblin king is defeated, the chaos is shown on the page as the king's spirit takes on the shape of a tornado, with the rubble of the synagogue flying around wildly. The last page of the book reflects the first page, with Hershel standing in a snowy hill above the village; this time, however, the windy snow is no longer present and the village below is lit, showing Hershel's victory over the goblins. I thought this book was a great story, and even though it's geared towards younger children, I think it would be a great read for all ages. Through reading this book I learned a few new things about the celebration of Hanukkah, plus I really enjoyed the wonderfully crafted illustrations. ( )
  awaldrup | Feb 17, 2019 |
Herschel arrives in a village where they don't celebrate Hanukkah because the goblins won't let them. Herschel volunteers to take care of this problem so that the light of Hanukkah can return to the village. He outsmarts each of seven goblins that arrive on each of the first seven nights of Hanukkah, but will the king of the goblins, arriving on the eighth night, be too much for him? This is just a delight, from the illustrations to the ways Herschel outsmarts the goblins, to the more serious confrontation with the horrible king of the goblins. Recommended. ( )
  lycomayflower | Dec 6, 2018 |
This is the story of Hanukkah. When the goblins controlled the village and Hanukkah was not allowed, Hershel made the daring decision to save the holiday. By tricking every goblin he slowely was gaining hannakua back. When the goblin king appeared on the last night he played the ultimate trick to get back their beloved holiday. ( )
  abrianawedin | Apr 4, 2018 |
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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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