Cover image for Hershel and the Hanukkah goblins / by Eric Kimmel ; illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.
Title:
Hershel and the Hanukkah goblins / by Eric Kimmel ; illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.
ISBN:
9780823431649

9780823431946
Edition:
25th anniversary edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 26 cm
Abstract:
Relates how Hershel outwits the goblins that haunt the old synagogue and prevent the village people from celebrating Hanukkah.
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Summary

On the first night of Hanukkah, a weary traveler named Hershel of Ostropol eagerly approaches a village, where plenty of latkes and merriment should warm him.

But when he arrives not a single candle is lit. A band of frightful goblins has taken over the synagogue, and the villagers cannot celebrate at all! Hershel vows to help them. But can one man alone stand up to the goblins, save Hanukkah, and live to tell the tale?

The 25th anniversary edition of this Caldecott Honor-winning classic includes an insightful afterword from the author and publisher explaining the book's origins and remembering Trina Schart Hyman, the illustrator who brought the tale to life.

For more tales of this clever folk hero, read The Adventures of Hershel of Ostropol -- another collaboration between Eric A. Kimmel and Trina Schart Hyman.

Caldecott Honor Book
ALA Notable Children's Book
NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts

Colorado Children's Book Award
Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award


Author Notes

Eric A. Kimmel has published more than fifty children's books, many of which have won state awards and appeared on school and library recommended lists. He has won the National Jewish Book Award for numerous books, including Hanukkah Bear and The Mysterious Guest: A Sukkot Story, and the Sydney Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

One of the most distinguished and celebrated illustrators of her generation, Trina Schart Hyman (1939-2004) was awarded the Caldecott Medal for St. George and the Dragon, retold by Margaret Hodges, and Caldecott Honors for A Child's Calendar, by John Updike, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and Little Red Riding Hood. Born in Philadelphia, she lived most of her life in New Hampshire.


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Horn Book Review

This original story in the tradition of Yiddish tales about Hershel Ostropolier is welcome as a Hanukkah story and as a trickster tale. Hershel rids a village of goblins that are haunting a synagogue, preventing the villagers from celebrating Hanukkah. Hyman's illustrations capture Hershel's humor and earthy, peasant quality. This anniversary edition of the Caldecott Honor book includes afterwords by the author and the publisher. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.