Golem

  • Title: Golem
  • Author: David Wisneiwski
  • Illustrator: David Wisneiwski
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Publication year: 1996
  • Brief Summary: From Amazon: “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.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think this book could be used within and during discussions of the Holocaust, as one could compare the situations the Jews faced in this time period (circa 1500s) to the prejudices and horrors the Jews experienced before and during the Holocaust. I would use this book for much older children, say 10 to 12 years of age, grades 5-6.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –The artwork in this book is rather harrowing. Most of the color scheme in this book is dark, with black, brown, red and orange throughout. I think younger children might find this book to be terrifying and I think the subject matter would better translate to an older audience.

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