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Golem

Wisniewski, David

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ISBN 10: 0395726182 / ISBN 13: 9780395726181
Published by Clarion Books, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1996
New Condition: Very Fine Hardcover
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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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Title: Golem

Publisher: Clarion Books, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Wisniewski, David

Book Condition:Very Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine

Edition: First Edition - First Printing

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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 Hudson

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