Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

  • Title: Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
  • Author: Eric Kimmel
  • Illustrator: Trina Schart Hyman
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • Publication year: First Scholastic printing 1990
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“Three-time Caldecott artist Trina Schart Hyman adds her splendidly animated illustrations to this award-winning tale about a traveler who outwits eight goblins to bring Hanukkah to a small village.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – This book would be great to use for older children, although I think it could be read to younger children (but perhaps starting in kindergarten not earlier). This could could used while children are learning the major world religions, as a sort of fairy tale similar in nature to Saint George and the Dragon, which incidentally also includes artwork by Hyman.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it– The illustrations in this book are powerful, going from black and purple to vibrant color as the goblins appear and the menorah candles illuminate the scenes. My favorite (and perhaps the most moving to me) illustration is of the king of the goblins ripping through the synagogue but Hershel and the menorah and candles have not been moved, a powerful illustration showing that fear cannot own us.

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