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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 Je
ebook, 32 pages
Published November 19th 2007 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 28th 1996)
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Jul 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mark-harmon
This Caldecott Honor book draws upon Jewish mythology to tell to the story of the persecution of the Jews in Prague in 1580. The Jews were forced to live in a walled ghetto and were accused of killing Christian babies and using their blood for their ancient rituals. The chief rabbi, Judah Loew ben Bezalel, creates a golem out of clay to protect the Jewish people. As the golem spends more time alive, it begins to acquire a human yearning for life. The golem, however, was only created to protect ...more
While I definitely much appreciate both the historical and the religious background of David Wisiniewski's Golem (and can in all ways very much understand how and why he won the Caldecott Medal for his expressively intense, colourful, evocative illustrations, for pictures that are bold, immediate, emotion-laden and very much both a mirror to and often even an expansion of the narrative, of the accompanying printed words), I also do not really and cannot really claim that I all that much enjoy Go ...more
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I strongly caution parents of young/sensitive children to preread
Four stars for talent, though I did not "like" this story.

This is a powerful, deeply disturbing "cautionary tale about the limits of human power." It also shows the cruelty of man, and the dangers of believing rumors. I really don't feel equal to writing a review of this story.

On the one hand, I admire the obvious talent in the (Caldecott Medal-winning) illustrations and the author's note at the end enhances the story, helping explain about Jewish religion and history for those who might be ign
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
I have always been fascinated by the story of the Golem. This retelling of the story is informative and retains the deeper questions of 'Golemic' solutions to violence while still remaining accessible to children.
“Golem” is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by David Wisniewski which is about how the Jews are being persecuted because of the “blood lie” and how Rabbi Loew tries to figure out a way to save the Jews by building a Golem! “Golem” is a great and dark story that might please older children and adults, but it will definitely scare smaller children who do not understand the book’s mature content.

David Wisniewski has done a brilliant job at writing and illustrating this book. David Wisniewski’s
Mar 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is the second book I read about the "Golem," and the first one that I've read to our girls.

The first book, by Elie Wiesel, matched this story very closely, but didn't have illustrations, and I think it was a little too scary for younger kids.

This one was also a little scary, perhaps, but I tried to give it a dramatic reading that made it more exciting, less real, and not so scary.

Our girls weren't overly excited about the book, but I thought it was great. The illustrations were wonderful
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I've always liked stories about the Golem, and Wisnewski's detailed papercuttings fascinate me. Combine the two, and you've got an award-winning book.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
This book is not the traditional myth but more of a Jewish tradition or as Wisniewski suggests a cautionary tale. I must admit that I know bits and pieces of the Jewish religion but am not familiar enough to pick up on all the significant references and meanings in this book.

There was a time when there was hatred present between all the religions. The Jews were attacked more viciously and were even made to live in ghettos. The Golem, a large strong, simple, giant was summoned from clay to protec
Michelle Pegram
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
When the Jews in Prague are in danger due to a lie about their using the blood of Christina children in their unleavened bread, one rabbi, fearing approaching violence, seeks guidance through prayer. He is answered with one word: Golem. Only a righteous man using mystical teachings and power could create this giant of clay, which is what the rabbi does. Golem is tasked with the protection of the Jews and the thwarting of those who would plant evidence of the "blood lie." Even though he knows tha ...more
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While 'Golem' is presented as a children's book it is really a great read for any age. Presenting the tale of the golem in a manner that even children can comprehend and follow, this book is simply wonderful. I would like to start by mentioning the art by David Wisniewski because it is beautiful. Use of shadows and lines help to create the atmosphere of foreboding and fear that the Jews of Prague in this story would have felt. I would like to see more of his work. As for the story itself Mr. Wis ...more
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David R. Wisniewski was an American writer and illustrator best known for children's books.

He attended the University of Maryland, College Park but quit after one semester to join the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, graduating in 1973. He worked for several years as a clown before moving to Maryland and joining the Prince George's Country Puppet Theatre where he met his wi
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