Retold from traditional sources and accompanied by David Wisniewski's unique cut-paper illustrations, Golem is a dramatic tale of supernatural forces invoked to save an oppressed people. It also offers a thought-provoking look at the consequences of unleashing power beyond human control. The afterword discusses the legend of the golem and its roots in the history of the Jews. A Caldecott Medal Book.
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Golem is the Hebrew word for shapeless man. According to Jewish legend, the renowned scholar and teacher Rabbi Loew used his powers to create a Golem from clay in order to protect his people from persecution in the ghettos of 16th-century Prague. (This was the time of the Blood Lie, when hostile gentiles claimed that Jews were mixing the blood of Christian children with the flour and water of matzo.) David Wisniewski's cut-paper collage illustrations--which earned him the Caldecott Medal in 1997--are the ideal medium for portraying the stark black-and-white forces of good and evil, pride and prejudice, as well as the gray area that emerges when the tormented clay giant loses control of his anger. Echoing the tension and mood of Frankenstein, Wisniewski sends the tragic giant back to the blood red earth that birthed him. The historical note on the last page offers a broader context for the legend, ultimately comparing the creation of Golem to the emergence of Israel. (Ages 8 and older) --Gail HudsonAbout the Author:
David Wisniewski (wiz-NESS-key) was born in Middlesex, England, in 1953. After training at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he spent three years as a clown, designing and constructing his own props, costumes, and gags. He was subsequently hired by his future wife, Donna, as a performer with a traveling puppet theatre. Married six months later, the Wisniewskis started their own troupe, Clarion Shadow Theatre, specializing in shadow puppetry. In the course of creating the plays, puppets, and projected scenery, Mr. Wisniewski evolved the storytelling techniques and art skills that eventually led to his picture books with their unique cut-paper illustrations. His retelling of GOLEM was awarded the 1997 Caldecott Medal. David Wisniewski died in 2002 in the Maryland home he shared with his wife and two children.
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Book Description Clarion Books, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0395726182
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Book Description Clarion Books, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine. Wisniewski, David (illustrator). First Edition - First Printing. A very fine and unread copy in a very fine, first state dust jacket, now in a clear removable protective cover, without the Caldecott Medal imprinted to the front panel. A lovely copy of a Caldecott winner. Bookseller Inventory # 009340
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Book Description Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 1996. Hardback - picture book. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: new. David Wisniewski/Lee Salsbery(Photography) (illustrator). First Edition/third printing. ISBN:0395726182. [4to] 32p. ill.(col.) note. Caldecott Medal Award embossed emblem on front cover. New in dj protected against wear and tear in Brodart Archival Mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 107736