Golem: David Wisniewski


  • Author/Illustrator: David Wisniewski

  • Publisher: Clarion Books

  • Publication Year: 1996

  • Brief Summary: In this retelling of the Jewish legend of the golem, a rabbi uses his mystic powers to form a giant/golem out of clay to protect his people in 16th-century Prague.

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  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

    • While the illustrations are hauntingly beautiful, the dark, frightening, and sad nature of the story can be problematic for young children…and the ethical questions raised by the creation and destruction of Golem can be a difficult subject to navigate.

    • Discussion of legends

    • Discussion of Jewish history…perhaps for older students (12 and older). What is a ghetto?  Why were Jewish people prosecuted during this period of time?

  • Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

    • Social studies connection — Jewish history/legends

  • Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.: The afterword includes a discussion on this legend and how it fits in with the Jewish history.

  • Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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