Title: Golem *Caldecott Medal 1st
Publisher: Clarion, New York, NY
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Not Signed
Edition: First Edition; "1" in Number Line.
First printing copy of this Caldecott Medal winner. Book is Fine: crisp, clean, fresh. No previous owner name or marks of course. Near Fine jacket is price-clipped; no award sticker presentm; no tears, clean and bright. Bookseller Inventory # 94043001
Synopsis: 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.
Review: 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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