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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (edition 1990)

by Eric Kimmel (Author)

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Title:Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Authors:Eric Kimmel (Author)
Info:Scholastic Inc (1990)
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Tags:Juvenile Cat 11

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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel



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In my opinion, this was an okay book. This book is about a man named Hershel who is the main character. He outwits the goblins that haunt the old synagogue and prevent the village people from celebrating Hanukkah. The first thing that I like about the book was the message and informational aspect of the book. While it was a book that was telling a story, it did bring the element of teaching about the holiday of Hanukkah into the book and educating the readers about the aspects of the holiday (e.g., Synagogue). The second thing that I liked were the illustrations. The illustrations weren't very vibrant but I think they gave a sort of old time and classic feel to the book, which I think worked well with the story line. The big idea/message of the book was one that I believe a lot of children will like because it's essentially about good vs. evil and good prevailing. ( )
  johngipe | Dec 12, 2016 |
This book is so great! It is an entertaining way to teach children about Hanukkah. Each time Hershel faces a new goblin, he introduces us to a new Hanukkah tradition. It's hard to find good books about Hanukkah, but this is one of them.
  Katie_Manna | Sep 25, 2016 |
Clever story 3.5 stars. Hyman's art 5 stars. And when I picked this up at the library I found that Kimmel has several picture-books about Hanukkah, so, just for fun, I grabbed all that were there. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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 |
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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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