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Hershel and the hanukkah Goblins
     

Hershel and the hanukkah Goblins

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by Eric A. Kimmel (Retold by), Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator), John Ed. Mayer (Illustrator)
 

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A traveler rids a village synagogue of goblins by outwitting them. A Caldecott Honor Book.

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A traveler rids a village synagogue of goblins by outwitting them. A Caldecott Honor Book.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Can Hershel really rid the village synagogue of goblins? He successfully uses his wits to oust the eight creatures haunting the old synagogue and who are preventing the villagers from celebrating Hanukkah. Kimmel provides a humorous, entertaining and just slightly scary story for all young readers. Hyman's illustrations emphasize all of the tension with dark scenes of the goblins and their attempts to frighten Hershel. A Caldecott Honor Book.
Bobbie Combs
Hyman's pictures are filled with drama, expressive people and ugly goblins, and on the last page there's an author's note with an explanation of the history and symbols of Hanukkah.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823407699
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1989
Series:
A Caldecott Honor Book Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Eric A. Kimmel is a well-known folklorist and the author of numerous books for children, including Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, a Caldecott Honor Book illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, and The Rooster's Antlers: A Story of the Chinese Zodiac, illustrated by YongSheng Xuan. He lives in Oregon.

Trina Schart Hyman (1939-2004) was awarded one Caledcott Medal and three Caldecott Honors. She lived in New Hampshire.

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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hershel's tale lives in the hearts of a new generation. A favorite of our children when they were young...we were so happy to find a copy for our niece's boys this year. Thank you B&N!
karaicrose More than 1 year ago
This story is cleaver and beautifully illustrated and I enjoy sharing it with as many new people I can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book during a Caldecot book study about 10 years ago. I knew I had to use it for my December reading library. As a teacher, I couldn't afford to buy it and my school didn't have a copy. So I called the public library. They held it for me. When I picked it up, I was delighted to know that the person who got it off the shelf had read it and was all a buzz with his co-workers about this great book. Ten years later, I have my own copy, in fact, I'm on my second copy. My first book had been read and read again and again over the seven years, so I now have a new copy. It is worth every cent! It gets the children excited and involved in the story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been reading this story to preschoolers for years and they always enjoy trying to figure out what will happen next. I use different voices that add to the fun. This is truly a masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eric Kemmel definitely knows how to capture the attention of the little kids who love to hear about spooky goblins. Maybe he knows what the children like, from being an elementary teacher, after graduating from Lafayette College in 1967. He taught and was a librarian in an elementary school in the Virgin Islands. In his 1990 Caldecott Honor book, 'Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins' he definitely took Hanukkah to a knew level involving goblins. Every little kid is goign to enjoy looking at the three eyed monsters and guessing what is going to happen. Illustrator Trina Schart Hyman did a great job of incorporating the storyline and goblins in the story. The kids actually learn about Hanukkah in a fun way. I think with the two extremely different types of characters it would be hard to illustrate for a book, but kids are going to love this book because its different and it has goblins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Erick Kimmel definitely knew how to capture the attention of the little kids who love to hear about spooky goblins. In his 1990 Caldecott Honor book, 'Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins' he definitely took Hanukkah to a knew level involving goblins. Every little kid is going to enjoy looking at the three eyed monsters and guessing what is going. Illustrator Trina Schart Hyman did a great job of incorporating the storyline and goblins into the story. I think with two extreme differet types of characters I think it woud be hard to illustrate for a book. Kids are going to be love this book because its different and it has goblins in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a hindu and i have no idea how i stumbled upon thios masterpiece. However i have loved reading it since i was 6 during diwali. Every year i read it eight times for every hanukah candle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was a kid I made my mom read me this book over and over again. I never tired of hearing about Hershel's bravery and cleverness as he attempts to outsmart the Hanukkah Goblins. The intricate and beatiful illustrations helped pull me into the captivating tale. When I was older, I took this book along with me to read to the kids I babysat for, as I still enjoyed (and still do for that matter!) hearing how ingenious Hershel is. This is a well-written and fascinating story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is witty and magical. We love reading again and again how Hershel outsmarted the goblins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me to read to some children 5 years ago. I have been reading it to children every year since. It is a scary and wonderful story with terrific, rich illustrations showing Eastern European Jewry from which this genre of story comes. I highly recommend it for young and old.