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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel
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Aug 03, 2012

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bookshelves: judaism, small-town
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Patrick from Jones Coffee Roasters at the ground-level of the library told me I must read this and so I have.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is another of Eric Kimmel's Jewish-themed books for preschool-1st graders, this one with the sharp realistic illustrations of Trina Schart Hyman (the author and illustrator of many a worthwhile book). The story is simple, Hershel of Ostropol, in passing a village, volunteers to rid the synagogue of goblins which are preventing the townspeople from celebrating Hanukkah. The story progresses predictably as Herschel outwits the goblins one by one until he meets the King of the Goblins.

Hershel is a clever and likeable character, and the illustrations are expressive, moving the story along nicely. This is a worthwhile book, even for non-Jews. I mean, Patrick liked it.

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